Elevated lead levels discovered in two Sullivan East High School water fountains


SULLIVAN COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL)- According to school officials, elevated levels of lead have been found in water from two water fountains at Sullivan County Schools.

Facilities and Maintenance Supervisor Charles Hubbard told News Channel 11 Thursday afternoon that the fountains were both at Sullivan East High School.

Those fountains have been removed and the pipes shut off.

According to state law, water from those pipes must be retested within 90 days. Those tests are not complete yet.

Hubbard said if the water tests are good, new water fountains can be put in. If the tests come back with elevated levels of lead, those pipes will no longer be used.

Hubbard said that testing in all schools Is not complete as of April 18. Of the two schools with results back, only the two fountains at Sullivan East came back with elevated levels of lead.

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