Lead, copper found in water of 8 Pittsfield schools

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(NEWS10) – Eight schools in the Pittsfield school district tested positive for lead and copper in the water.

The testing took place in May and June. City officials said the lead and copper comes from different plumbing issues. All the district’s elementary schools and Pittsfield High School were affected.

Robin Alexander said her nephews attend schools in the district. She teaches them to drink bottled water, and the water test results has her nervous sending her kids to school.

“They should be shipping in bottled water for the kids,” she said. “If they’re going to start the new year off, start it right.”

Pittsfield Superintendent Jason McCandless said the remediate efforts that were problematic are already completed.

“Follow-up testing has been completed, and we’re waiting for results back, and until then, those are offline,” he said.

That includes several water fountains and faucets.

“Beyond intermittence testing, this was sort of a go through every single building, every single fixture – anything that could really come in contact with a student,” McCandless said. “So we see this sort of as the beginning of a new process that would happen every few years.”

The superintendent said the city has been tracking down where the problem may have originated.

McCandless said parents should not have to worry as the district is working on getting the issue fixed before the first day of school in a few weeks.

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