Water samples taken from Dupont Elementary in Chattanooga test extremely high for lead

Staff File Photo / Dupont Elementary School

Two water samples taken from Dupont Elementary have tested extremely high for lead, according to Hamilton County Schools data.

One sample from a classroom faucet showed lead concentration levels of 286 parts per billion - more than 10 times higher than the level at which the state requires a response, which is 20 parts per billion.

The samples were part of routine water testing required by the state of Tennessee. Hamilton County Schools collected 806 samples. Of those, 12 showed lead concentration levels higher than 20 ppb.

All 12 water sites were immediately removed from service and will remain so until corrective action is taken, according to a news release. The 12 outlets are located at 11 facilities. Families of students at the 11 schools were notified via email about the results.