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More school districts find high levels of lead in water

The reporting continues trickling in.

And, the news isn't good.

School district by school district across Western New York is discovering varying amounts of lead in their water.

At one water fountain in a Fredonia classroom, for instance, a sample showed that there was 2,850 parts per billion of lead. That's nearly 200 times the state's threshold for lead in water.

At Clarence Center Elementary School, five sinks in the kitchen cafeteria tested above the 15 parts per billion state threshold, results show.

Data shows a dozen classroom drinking fountains at Anna Merritt Elementary School in the Lockport City School District had elevated levels. One was nearly 50 parts per billion.

Of the 83 school districts in the region under the Erie 1, Erie 2, Greater Southern Tier and Cattaraugus/Allegany boards of Cooperative Educational Services, 15 have reported on their websites their districts tested with lead levels in their water. Cleveland Hill Union Free School District and Iroquois Central School District are also reported to be on the list, but details are not available on their websites.

Superintendent Jon T. MacSwan told the News this morning the district has obtained data for its elementary school, but will be publishing all of its data – including the middle and high schools – on the district's website later this week.

At the elementary school, MacSwan said that only one site out of 168 tested above the 15 parts per billion mark.

The other 66 districts have yet to report either way.

State law requires districts complete comprehensive water testing at each faucet in each school by the end of the month.

Here's a running list of those districts in the region who have found lead in their water, and the links to either the superintendent's letter to parents or testing data:

Clarence Central School District

Depew Union Free School District

Hamburg Central School District

Lackawanna City School District

Williamsville Central Schools

Lewiston-Porter Central School District

Lockport City School District

Newfane Central School District

Forestville Central School District

Orchard Park Central School District

North Collins Central School District

Silver Creek Central School District

Allegany-Limestone Central School District

Portville Central School

Fredonia Central School District

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