Independent tests find no unhealthy lead concentrations in Russell Co. water systems; superintendent: district worked with city utility, testing firm to reassure "the water is safe"

Times-Journal, Russell Spring, June 23, 2016

LEAD: School water deemed safe after lead levels tested
Lead levels tested in Russell Co. Schools
Staff report

With recent events in the national news concerning lead exposure in children because of lead pipes in schools, the Russell County School District contracted with Fouser Environmental Services to conduct testing at all Russell County schools.
The results for lead and copper in all schools water supplies were determined to be well within acceptable ranges as federally established.

School Superintendent Michael Ford said of the testing:

“We are very pleased that the testing results for lead & copper contaminants in Russell County Schools all came back clear. This has been another great example where a stakeholder brought a concern to us and the school district acted accordingly.

"Although we had no reason to suspect that there were going to be any issues, the results provide reassurance to our employees, students and parents/guardians that the water is safe, especially since there have been instances across the nation where lead levels in schools’ drinking water have exceeded acceptable standards.

"I want to extend a special thank you to Mr. Terry Russell with the Russell Springs City Water Department for his help in facilitating the testing with Fouser Environmental Services.”

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