- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 1, 2016

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) - School officials say work is underway to replace nearly a dozen water sources in several New Jersey schools where elevated levels of lead have been detected.

Water samples taken in April at New Brunswick Public Schools revealed elevated lead levels at six schools.

Lead in children’s blood can cause behavior and learning problems, slower growth, hearing problems and anemia.

The Home News Tribune reports (https://mycj.co/1TJmvCw ) superintendent Aubrey Johnson posted a letter on the district’s website Tuesday saying additional tests were performed on 14 water sources that were found to have needed attention.

Johnson says 11 of them can be fixed by replacing the existing sink or drinking fountain. Those replacements are underway and are expected to take several weeks.

The estimated cost of the repairs wasn’t immediately available.


Information from: Home News Tribune (East Brunswick, N.J.) , https://www.mycentraljersey.com

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