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Jackson School buys system to erase lead from water for students

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

One Jackson School is on a mission to erase high lead levels in water.  St. Andrews Episcopal Lower School tested positive for lead earlier this month. Officials then purchased a reverse osmosis system and ran tests to see if the filter would work. 

It's the test results that parents, students and staff at St. Andrew's Episcopal Lower School have been waiting for and the principal told me he has good news.

"Our numbers ranged from below 15 parts per billion, which is considered safe by the EPA," said principal Tim Alford.

The numbers may sound confusing to some, but Principal Alford said he wants folks to focus on the fact the water supply is safer when it goes through this new reverse osmosis system.

“The safety of our children is our highest priority,” said Alford.

School Officials had been desperately looking for a solution since their lead test revealed abnormal levels.  One step put in place; All the water fountains were temporarily shut off and replaced with water coolers.  Earlier this month, WLBT was at the school when the pilot reverse osmosis system was put in place. Now the principal plans to purchase at least 10 more.

“We will be retrofitting all out water fountains with those systems, they have been ordered and they should be in by the end of the week," added Alford.  "We will keep all water fountains closed until they are installed.” 

Each unit will cost around $400.  Parents like Chelsea Freeman hope more schools will consider this option.

“I think the school did the absolutely right thing by investing in these system," said Freeman. "I don't know how long will be before the City of Jackson has a solution. I don't know if the solutions they are talking about now are feasible in terms of financial costs, so I think the school had to do everything they could to find a solution and find a solution quickly.” 

 The school has another campus in Ridgeland. It will also be tested for lead as a safety precaution.

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