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Health Officials Declare Bridgeport School Water Safe

Health officials declared the water at Bridgeport Schools to be lead-free.
Health officials declared the water at Bridgeport Schools to be lead-free. Photo Credit: Salvatore Trifilio

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- Health officials have found the water in fountains and sinks in Bridgeport schools to be lead-free, according to the Connecticut Post. 

However, there were at least three instances of elevated levels of lead in fixtures where water collects for extended periods of time among the 31 schools tested, the Connecticut Post reported. 

A faucet at Bridgeport Military Academy, a fountain from Dunbar School and a sample from Hall School all yielded elevated readings, said the Connecticut Post. 

A confirmation test confirmed the Bridgeport Military Academy sample was at a safe level, while the Dunbar sample's elevation may be due to a lead screw or a pipe soldered with lead, the Connecticut Post reported. 

Testing is still pending for the Hall School sample, and for Hooker School, where one test showed an acceptable level but a second sample was spilled, according to the Connecticut Post.

The city reportedly had not tested school piping for lead since around 1980, the Connecticut Post said

Albertina Baptista, acting director of health in Bridgeport, said that the water in city schools is safe and not like that in Flint, Mich., reported the Connecticut Post.

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