MORTON — Steps are being taken to lower lead levels in water sources in Morton School District elementary schools where tests showed the lead exceeded the limit allowed in a new state law.
"Many of the identified areas are sinks that are not used for food preparation or drinking," Superintendent Jeff Hill said Tuesday in a news release. "No drinking fountains were affected."
Kitchen sinks that exceeded the state's 2 parts per billion (ppb) limit for lead are no longer being used for food preparation, Hill said.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's lead limit for schools is 20 ppb.
Results of lead testing done in Morton's four elementary schools by Bloomington-based Ideal Environmental Engineering were posted on the school district's website Friday.
Also, parents of students in buildings that had findings greater than 5 ppb were informed of those results in writing, which is required under the state law.
"We haven't heard any concerns from parents since we posted the results," Hill said late Tuesday at the end of a School Board meeting.
Hill said in the news release that mitigation and water management efforts recommended by Ideal Environmental Engineering and the Illinois Department of Health are underway where water sources exceeded the state's limit.
The Department of Health was given Morton's test results, as required by the state law.
The state law requires school buildings constructed before Jan. 1, 2000 which have pre-K through fifth-grade students to undergo lead testing.
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