Elevated Lead Levels Not Detected In Latest Round Of San Diego Unified Testing
San Diego Unified posted the latest round of lead test results to its website late Thursday. All of the 15 schools tested this month do not have elevated levels of lead in their drinking water:
–Rolando Park Elementary
Earlier this year, the district found vinyl chloride and elevated lead levels in the drinking water at Emerson Bandini Elementary School. A nurse there told a consultant hired to look into the matter that several children vomited after drinking the water. The San Ysidro School District also found elevated lead levels at La Mirada Elementary School. Children at both campuses were given bottled water, and workers are replacing the old fixtures and plumbing.
The schools are among 140 in San Diego County that have requested lead testing under a new state program that requires water suppliers to do the testing for free. That is well more than any other county, according to the California Water Boards. Five schools in Imperial County have requested the voluntary tests.
Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, D-San Diego, has introduced a bill that would make the testing mandatory for schools.
The tests will not detect vinyl chloride, which may have sickened children at Emerson Bandini.