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Gurney Elementary water tests come back satisfactory

Fountains covered at Gurney Elem. (Source: WOIO) Fountains covered at Gurney Elem. (Source: WOIO)
Gurney Elementary in Chagrin Falls. (Source: WOIO) Gurney Elementary in Chagrin Falls. (Source: WOIO)

Test results from water samples at Gurney Elementary have come back acceptable.

The Ohio EPA posted on their website last week that Gurney Elementary, a school within the Chagrin Falls Exempted Village School District, had two samples from 2015 test in the 90th percentile, with 17 micrograms of lead per liter.

The EPA took water samples Jan. 27 and those tests came back Wednesday "within acceptable levels for drinking water quality." 

"Although satisfactory, per the Ohio EPA guidelines, these tests are being administered again this morning. On Tuesday, February 2, out of an abundance of caution, the district tested 20 additional samples at distribution points throughout Gurney Elementary School.  We anticipate these results by Wednesday, February 10.  Until further notice, we continue with bottled water at Gurney Elementary.  We have been in constant contact with the Ohio EPA to ensure we have met both testing and public education requirements," according to Chagrin Falls superintendent, Robert Hunt. 

The school will continue to remain open during the testing and water fountains covered. 

The water at Gurney comes from a well. Other schools in the district are on city water so the issue is focused at the elementary building.

There have been similar issues at schools in Sebring, Ohio. Schools there were closed for three days over the same concerns. Officials in Sebring say seven of 20 homes where the water is routinely tested showed high levels of the contaminants.

Free bottled water was distributed to affected customers in Sebring.

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