Study: Louisiana gets ‘F’ for efforts to remove lead from school drinking water

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Last year, high levels of lead were detected in the St. Joseph water supply and at Tensas High School. 
Some residents say they still can’t drink the water. 

“The people here are at risk but what else can they do. Some can afford to buy water and some cannot,” said resident Charles Watson.  

A new study is giving Louisiana an “F” for it’s efforts to remove lead from school drinking water. 
Watson said he’s not surprised. 

“The water was contaminated at one time. They put in a new water system but we are still having problems,” said Watson. 

The report was prepared by the Environment America Research & Policy Center and the U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund.

Analyzing lead test in 31 states and the District of Columbia.                                              
Grading them on their laws and policies — related to lead in school drinking water. 
Back in July lead was detected in the water at Tensas High School.  
Since then Superintendent Paul Nelson said the school system has taken the proper steps to correct the issue. 

“We’re in good shape and haven’t had trouble for months,” Nelson continued. “It’s an issue about water flow and as long as the water flows through the lines on a consistent basis then the test are all coming back positive.” 

He said the school spent nearly $4,000 replacing old water fountains. 
And while the state may have water issues; he’s confident in the progress in Tensas Parish. 

“It’s a non-issue now because the system was replaced, the water lines were replaces and in our specific situation the water fountains and things were replaced.” said Nelson. 

Nelson said he plans to have the health department back out before summer for a precautionary test. 
Washington, DC outranked evry region with a B+ in the study. 

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