Bearden water tests high for lead; still safe to drink


     (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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