Sue Edelman also has an update, detailing in the NY Post how a new fountain/bubbler bought with funds raised by students at the International High School in Prospect Heights is already releasing lead above the action level, raising suspicions that lead may be in the pipes. According to the mandated reports the DOE has made to the state, no pipes were replaced in any of the NYC public schools.
This week, several media outlets reported on the new results from lead tests in NYC school water in the , , and the .
A similar letter on the Truman HS DOE portal shows that the school originally had 11 of 276 outlets above the action limit, but now 27 have tested above 15 ppb, out of 333 outlets. Long Island City HS originally had 13 outlets testing above the action level out of 190, while now there are 26 out of 200 fixtures.
For the names of schools where the new results find more contaminated outlets than before, see the .
In June 2016, the American Academy of Pediatrics released that schools should limit the amount of lead in their water to no more than 1 part per billion, as opposed to the 15 parts per billion mandated in NY state law. Why? Because as AAP stated, ”There is no identified threshold or safe level of lead in blood…No Amount of Lead Exposure is Safe for Children.”
Indeed, that children with blood levels even less than 5 micrograms per deciliter suffer from lower IQs , worse test scores, and higher rates of inattention, impulsivity and hyperactivity.
Here is earlier, citing evidence that there is no safe threshold of lead in water-- given that any detectable blood levels of lead in children are correlated with worst outcomes.
This includes a study by researchers at Yale and Brown called "," showing that preschool children with very low levels of lead in their blood are likely to have lower test scores in subsequent grades in math and ELA.
According In NY, , as of September 2017, seven states and DC require regular testing of lead in school water, with Maryland calling for re- testing every three years.Sen. Michael Gianaris has that would require re-testing every three years in New York, instead of the current five.DC law now requires , as Dr. Marc Edwards, who exposed the Flint water tragedy, .