Results from latest round of water testing at Hamilton Co. schools

9 schools had to remove a water source after Spring Break testing

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – The Hamilton County schools are sharing the results from their latest round of water testing.

They’ve been testing water supplies at the schools for lead over the last two years.

Lead generally gets into drinking water from aging pipes, faucets and fixtures. You generally can’t see it, smell it or taste it.

State law says any water sample with 20 parts per billion (ppb) of lead means you have to remove the source from service.

Hamilton County’s standard is tougher… 15 ppb.

This year, they are retesting all schools built before 1998.

And the latest testing happened over spring break.

They found 9 water sources out of 760 samples exceeded the 15 ppb threshold.

The water sources were removed so repairs can be made.

According to a schools statement, “There are no concerns with the overall quality or safety of drinking water at
any of the tested facilities.”

Families of students at each of the latest 24 schools that were tested will receive emails explaining the results.

These are the schools with no problems in the Spring test:

Barger Academy None
Brown Middle None
Calvin Donaldson Elementary None
Clifton Hills Elementary None
East Ridge Middle None
Hixson Elementary None
Hixson High None
Howard Connect Academy None
Loftis Middle None
Lookout Mountain Elementary None
Lookout Valley Elementary None
McConnell Elementary None
Ooltewah High None
Spring Creek Elementary None
Tyner Academy None

These schools each had one water source variance:

Bess T. Shepherd Elementary 1

Big Ridge Elementary 1

Central High 1

East Ridge High 1

The Howard School 1

Lookout Valley Middle/High 1

Ooltewah Middle 1

Tyner Middle Academy 1

Wolftever Creek Elementary 1

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