Ithaca school district holding meeting over lead in water

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The Ithaca school district is holding a meeting today to address parent’s concerns over lead found in drinking fountains at Enfield Elementary School. 

The meeting is at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Enfield Elementary School. 

Parents of students attending Enfield received a letter in early February saying drinking fountains at the school tested positive for lead well above what’s considered the “action level” by the Tompkins County Health Department. 

The first tests were done in August 2015 when school was not in session. According to the letter, three of five tested positive for high levels of lead. 

According to the county health department, lead tracings of 15 parts per billion in water is fine. 

One drinking fountain at Enfield, however, showed lead tracings of 640 parts per billion. 

The letter sent to parents says a more recent test done in early 2016 showed that one of the same five fountains did test positive for lead again. It tested at 16 parts per billion.

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