Mistake leads to DEQ warning about lead and cooper in water lines at Norman elementary school

After issuing a warning last week that lead and copper levels were too high at a drinking fountain of a Norman elementary school, the State Department of Environmental Quality admits it was wrong.

There were no such high levels. It was a mistake. A resampling, according to the DEQ showed “no exceedance of lead and copper” at the Washington Elementary school.

School officials were informed on November 2 that one of five routine water samples showed elevated levels of lead and copper. DEQ visited the school on November 6 to take repeat resamples, inspect the water system and provide technical assistance on
proper sampling techniques.

“It has been determined that the exceedance was due to
sampling error,” stated the DEQ in the announcement.

Due to the initial sampling results, Washington Elementary School will now be required by federal lead and copper rules to be on an increased sampling schedule.