Officials mull plan to fix school lead problems in New Rochelle
City, school and health officials are meeting at City Hall today to discuss the findings of the latest water test results at the Davis Elementary School in New Rochelle, and how to fix the problem.
Back in March, New Rochelle school officials decided to take a proactive approach and have the water sources in the district's schools tested for lead.
The George Davis Elementary School was the only one that showed elevated levels of lead in the water that came from several sinks and drinking fountains.
As more testing was done, all the water was shut off. Since mid-May, the school has been using only bottled water and water coolers.
The latest tests show that lead is not coming into the building, and that it is most likely from the pipes. The schools were built back in the 1920s when lead was used in the pipes.
According to the final report, however, changing all the pipes is not necessary.
Some recommendations include installing new water fountains as well as filters.
The changes will be made over the summer when it will be least disruptive to the students and staff.
School officials also decided to again do more comprehensive testing at all the schools in the district.