Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

One Water Fountain Removed Due to Lead

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

One Water Fountain Removed Due to Lead

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One water fountain in the East Allegheny Junior-Senior High School complex has been removed because the level of lead in its water is elevated, district superintendent Don MacFann said.

The little-used fountain was in the rear of the kitchen in an area not accessible to students during their daily routine, according to a district news release.

Kitchen staff didn't use the fountain, district business manager Toni Valicenti said.

"I have never seen anybody use that thing," she said after the school board meeting Monday.

Matthew Junker, spokesman for the Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County, which provides water to the East Allegheny School District, said the federal Environmental Protection Agency requires action to be taken for a lead level in water of over 15 parts per billion.

According to a report on water tests done by Pace Analytical of Greensburg, only the one fountain had a lead level above 15 ppb. Its level was 33 ppb.

Two sinks had lead levels of 1. …

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