SCS reports high lead levels in water at 11 additional schools

Updated: Nov. 12, 2019 at 11:56 AM CST
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Shelby County Schools says another 11 of their schools tested positive for high levels of lead in their water.

Now a total of 35 SCS campuses have tested positive for lead.

SCS last tested its lead levels in 2017 when testing wasn’t required. Now the district says it plans to test those levels every two years.

The district says the source of all current samples are still being verified; however, results from 2017 show the source was not from pipes within the school but fountains and related equipment.

During a school walk through at Idelwild Elementary, SCS Superintendent Dr. Joris Ray says the water is safe and the sources are the issue. He said since the results were found, contaminated sources have been disconnected and not in use at the schools affected.

Ray also mentioned that many of the sources were sinks and not water fountains.

The following schools tested positive for lead levels above the EPA threshold:

  1. Booker T. Washington High
  2. Berclair Elementary
  3. Central High
  4. Charjean Elementary
  5. Chickasaw Middle
  6. Double Tree Elementary
  7. Douglass Pre-K
  8. Douglass Elementary/Middle
  9. Egypt Elementary
  10. Gardenview Elementary
  11. Havenview Middle
  12. Idlewild Elementary
  13. Keystone Elementary
  14. Kingsbury Elementary
  15. Kingsbury Vocational
  16. Raleigh Egypt High
  17. Ridgeway Middle
  18. Sheffield High
  19. South Park Elementary
  20. Treadwell Middle
  21. Westside Elementary
  22. Whitehaven Elementary STEM School
  23. Whitehaven High
  24. Wooddale High
  25. Airways Achievement Academy
  26. Brownsville Elementary
  27. East High School
  28. Ida B. Wells Academy
  29. Jackson Elementary
  30. Macon-Hall Elementary
  31. SCS Prep School-Northeast (Macon)
  32. Sherwood Middle
  33. Southwind High
  34. Trezevant Career and Technical
  35. Trezevant High

The SCS risk management team plans to assess each water source for any repairs that need to be made. Then additional samples will be tested within 90 days after the repairs have been made.

Sources that tested 15 parts per million for lead will be removed

While those changes are being made, students can visit any Shelby County Health Department clinic for a free lead screening. A parent or guardian must be present during the screening.

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