2nd Currie Elementary water test shows higher arsenic levels

The district's water test on February 2 showed higher arsenic levels than an initial test in January

A recent test of the water at Currie Elementary School, in the Mathews School District, revealed an elevated level of arsenic. The EPA standard for arsenic is 10 parts per billion, and the water at the school tested at 11 parts per billion.


FOWLER TWP., Ohio (WKBN) – Three weeks ago, a slight elevation in arsenic levels at a Trumbull County school prompted a report to the Environmental Protection Agency and an alert to parents.

On Tuesday, staff at Currie Elementary School, in the Mathews School District, found out the results were higher than a previous test.

The EPA standard for arsenic is 10 parts per billion, and the water at the school initially tested at 11 parts per billion. This time, results from a February 2 test showed levels at 12 parts per billion.

Mathews Local Schools Superintendent Lew Lowery said the district plans to retest its water Tuesday of next week and is in talks with EPA officials to find out what staff can do to correct the issue. Lowery said the district is planning to install a new filtration system so that the water is safe to drink.

Students have been drinking bottled water at the elementary school since the initial water test and will continue to be provided bottled water until the elevated levels disappear.

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