(AP) – Drinking water in the south Arkansas town of Bearden has
tested high for lead, but state officials say it is still safe to drink.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the water tested three parts per
billion higher than the level at which the federal government requires water
systems to adjust corrosion levels.
Arkansas Health Department engineering director Jeff Stone says that’s not
considered to be an emergency situation.
Stone says Bearden, which relies on well water, immediately started looking at
treatment adjustments and better corrosion controls.
None of the 10 water samples tested was taken from a school site. But the
Bearden School District has been allowing students to carry bottled water.
Students have also been offered filtered water.
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