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Testing reveals four CMS sites have elevated lead levels in water
School district takes contaminated pipes off line
Published Thursday, November 15, 2018 11:16 am
by Herbert L. White | The Charlotte Post

Test results from 15 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools facilities resulted in four locations reporting higher levels of lead in water.

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A second round of water testing for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools found four sites with lead levels higher than state standards.

Higher levels were detected from five sinks: the Bishop Spaugh district administrative center; the Project L.I.F.T. Graham Center teachers’ lounge and the press box concession stand at Jack Martin Stadium at West Charlotte High. Two classroom sinks at the Performance Learning Center were also found to have higher lead levels. All five sinks have been taken off line.

“We will continue our voluntary proactive testing so that we can ensure all students and staff have safe, clean drinking water,” CMS Superintendent Clayton Wilcox said in a statement. “We will also share the results as they become available.”

Eleven sites were found to have water sources within state safety standards: Alexander Graham Sedgefield and Piedmont IB middle schools; Villa Heights Elementary, the Leadership Academy; North Mecklenburg and West Mecklenburg high schools, Hawthorne Academy of Health Sciences, and Cochrane Collegiate, Coulwood and Wilson STEM academies.

Environmental consulting firm AECOM tested the schools’ water before and after the school or operating hours to avoid disruption.

Students’ families and staff have been notified and the complete results are also posted on the district’s Water Quality Program page.

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