Analysis: 38 Indiana water systems topped EPA lead limit

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In this Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016 photo, a piece of thinning pipe from Eastern Howard School Corp.'s boiler room is shown in Greentown, Ind. The thinning is due to corrosion from increased lead levels. After having its water tested the school found elevated lead levels in the water coming from some of its sinks and drinking fountains and temporarily stopped its 1,500 students from using that water in February. Students resumed using the water in March after the district implemented protocols to reduce the lead levels. The school district gets its water from the Greentown Water Utility, which is one of 38 water systems in Indiana that have exceeded federally allowable lead levels at least once since the start of 2013, according to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency data. (Kelly Lafferty Gerber/The Kokomo Tribune via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.  (April 9, 2016) — An analysis shows that the water system for a western Indiana high school is among nearly 40 in the state that have exceeded federally allowable lead levels at least once since the start of 2013.

The heightened lead levels in the water systems for North Vermillion High School and Baugo Community Schools, in the northern Indiana city of Elkhart, are troubling because of lead’s harmful effects on children.

An Associated Press analysis of Environmental Protection Agency data shows that lead levels exceeded the government’s allowable level at least once in 38 Indiana water systems since 2013.

North Vermillion interim superintendent Bruce Hatton said crews have replaced water lines and taken other steps that reduced lead levels. Baugo Community Schools officials weren’t available to comment because of the district’s spring break.

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