Friday, September 25, 2009

Water in schools in all 50 states toxic

CUTLER, Calif. – Over the last decade, the drinking water at thousands of schools across the country has been found to contain unsafe levels of lead, pesticides and dozens of other toxins.

An Associated Press investigation found that contaminants have surfaced at public and private schools in all 50 states — in small towns and inner cities alike.

But the problem has gone largely unmonitored by the federal government, even as the number of water safety violations has multiplied.

"It's an outrage," said Marc Edwards, an engineer at Virginia Tech who has been honored for his work on water quality. "If a landlord doesn't tell a tenant about lead paint in an apartment, he can go to jail. But we have no system to make people follow the rules to keep school children safe?"

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Kirsten Corsaro said...

That's really scary. Does that mean that the local water is unsafe for everyone else as well?

Hall Monitor said...

This story made ! Check it out for all the crazy headlines from our schools.

GreenFertility said...

I think it points to lousy water quality everywhere, since they just went around to schools, not homes...our hospital's drinking water has been deemed unsafe as well...