Washington Co. school leaders still working to determine source of elevated lead levels in water


WASHINGTON COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL)- Washington County, Tennessee school leaders said Wednesday they have yet to determine the source of higher than normal lead levels in some drinking water sources.

“We’re still pretty confident it’s single source and not in the water supply,” Jarrod Adams, a spokesperson for the district, said.

Last week, Adams told us three drinking water sources were removed because of those lead levels.

School officials removed one drinking fountain from West View Elementary and two drinking fountains from Boones Creek Elementary.

We learned Wednesday that the testing of all other water sources at West View and Boones Creek came back safe.

Adams told News Channel 11 that district leaders are still receiving the results of testing at other schools.

“As of right now, for the schools we’ve gotten results from, those results have come back clear.”

News reached out to other schools districts in Northeast Tennessee about lead testing.

Representatives for Johnson County, Carter County, Greene County, Kingsport City, and Johnson City Schools all said their last round of testing came back clear. Both Kingsport City and Johnson City School districts will hire companies to perform another round of testing in July.

A Hawkins County school official told News Channel 11 that samples are being collected. Those water samples will be sent off the week after Easter. Results are expected back the following week.

News Channel 11 left messages at Elizabethton, Sullivan County, and Unicoi County schools, requesting the information. No response has been received as of Wednesday afternoon.

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