2 South Hunterdon Regional schools test positive for high levels of lead in water
Two schools in the South Hunterdon Regional School District have tested positive for high levels of lead in the drinking water.
Superintendent Dr. Lou Muenker says more stringent testing methods are likely why these positive results showed up, less than a year after the school was last tested. High levels of lead were not found at the time.
The two schools affected are Lambertville and West Amwell elementary schools. All locations where high levels were found, including several drinking fountains, have been either marked or shut off until repairs are made.
High levels were found in two of the four buildings tested in the district. The state mandated all school districts test their water for lead last July.
The state has promised to reimburse school districts for the testing costs.
Health experts say young children exposed to high lead levels can have lower IQ levels, affected hearing and a reduction in attention spans and school performance.