Water has tested positive for high lead levels in a total of 23 Chicago public schools, district officials said Tuesday. The district is planning several upcoming community meetings to discuss the lead issue.
The number of schools with elevated lead levels in the drinking water rose from 19 on Monday to 23 on Tuesday, with the four newest schools on the list being George Washington Carver Primary School, Salmon P. Chase Elementary School, Walt Disney Magnet School and Florence Nightingale Elementary School.
Thus far, 78 schools in the district have been tested for lead-laced water, with 23 having tested positive for elevated levels of the highly toxic metal.
This week, Chicago aldermen called for city council hearings on lead contamination in the drinking water at local schools.
In a statement, a CPS spokeswoman said the district is “working to determine the causes in all our schools and develop remediation plans for the 4 percent of drinking fountains and sinks that have lead above the federal action level.”
From June 20 through June 24, CPS will host several community meetings on the lead problem. The first community meeting will take place June 20 at Stephen Tyng Mather High School, 5835 N. Lincoln Ave. The meeting will start at 6 p.m.