Lead in water causes anxiety at Jefferson County school
By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer, Charles Town
Parents of children at South Jefferson Elementary School questioned health and school officials for about two hours Thursday night about the cause of elevated lead levels in water at the school.
There also was discussion about eight staff members and four students at the school who have been diagnosed with cancer in the past 10 years, although health officials at the meeting said there is no link between lead and cancer.
Water from sinks in two classrooms at South Jefferson was tested for lead. The average lead level for the two sinks was 23.5 parts per billion, above the "action level" of 15 parts per billion set by the Environmental Protection Agency, Principal Gretchen Van Camp said.
It is believed solder joints in the water lines feeding the two classrooms have a high lead level, said John H. Norman, coordinator of facilities management and construction for Jefferson County Schools.