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Virginia Beach City Public Schools updates lead drinking water testing schedule

Schools tested from November 2019 through February 8 include: White Oaks Elementary School, Indian Lakes Elementary School, Rosemont Elementary School, and more.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Virginia Beach City Public Schools updated its lead drinking water testing schedule after water testing was done over the summer revealed 27 out of 33 schools had "actionable levels" of lead.

Schools tested from November 2019 through February 8 include: White Oaks Elementary School, Indian Lakes Elementary School, Rosemont Elementary School, Providence Elementary School, Birdneck Elementary School, Centerville Elementary School, Kempsville High School, Green Run High School, Cox High School, Dey Elementary School, Plaza Annex, School Administration Building, Parkway Elementary School, Rosemont Forest Elementary School.

In early November, Virginia Beach City Public Schools released that 51 water sources in 27 schools tested for lead levels above 15 parts per billion, the EPA's actionable level.

Several other schools in Hampton Roads have also failed lead waters tests.

This had led to a bill in the Virginia General Assembly that would require local school boards to submit a lead level testing plan for water and then report the results to parents and local health agencies.

HB 797 was reported from the Senate Education and Health committee and referred to the Senate Finance and Appropriations committee. 

To see more results and progress about the lead drinking water testing schedule, visit VBCPS website.

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