New testing over the summer reveals several St. Louis Public Schools have lead contamination in the water. Meramec Elementary School alerted parents this week that the drinking fountain water is contaminated with unsafe levels of lead. Environmental Consultants, LLC, was contracted by the St. Louis Public Schools for asbestos abatement and consumable water testing. Samples were collected over the summer and unsafe levels of lead were discovered in a number of schools. According to a District spokesperson, several sinks and drinking fountains in multiple buildings were turned off until repairs are made, including replacements of pipes and faucets. A complete list of the schools where lead contamination exists has not been released, but the district has notified parents whose children are in those buildings.
St. Louis children with the highest lead poisoning in the city live in the 63118 ZIP code, where the Meramec Elementary School is located. Lead poisoning is serious, especially for small children because they are still developing. Lead poisoning has been linked to behavior changes, a decline of intellect and the development of permanent learning disabilities. Lead contamination is most often found in old homes with lead paint. State law requires children, under six years of age and living in St. Louis City, to be tested for lead levels every year.
The personal injury attorneys at Meyerkord, Meyerkord & Kurth, LLC, are passionate about preserving the rights of children and advocating for their safety and well-being. If your child has been injured while at school, please contact our law firm today and an attorney will be available for an immediate case review.