Lead in Drinking Water - Affordable Assessments Available Through Suburban Labs

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Lead in drinking water continues to be a concerning issue among schools and residents in Illinois (read below).

Suburban Labs offers a School Assessment Package for only $30 (http://suburbanlabs.com/drinkingwater/).

The EPA action level is 15ppb; I assessed my daughter's drinking water in Lake Zurich at 63ppb. Only certain types of filters (only the most expensive, top-of-the-line filters) may filter lead out.

Suburban Labs is currently offering a special for a Lead in Homes Assessment at $35 (http://suburbanlabs.com/drinkingwater/).

I have personal experience working with Suburban Labs and highly recommend them. When I assessed my daughter's water, I assessed for mercury, not lead. Representatives from this company took it upon themselves to also assess for lead (was not part of assessment I paid for) and communicated the results and cause for concern. They were very diligent and very thorough - and all around, they were good people.

For more information, read:
• Lead in Drinking Fountains - Evanston:
https://patch.com/illinois/evanston/lead-levels-shut-down-11-water-fount...

• How Antioch Solved the Problem of Lead in its Water:
http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20160328/news/160329029/

• List of Chicago Area schools with unsafe lead levels (http://wgntv.com/2016/10/14/high-lead-levels-reported-at-56-chicago-area...):

St. Agnes School, Chicago Heights
Alphonsus Academy and Center for the Arts, Chicago
St. Alphonsus Liguori School, Prospect Heights
St. Alphonsus/St. Patrick School, Lemont
St. Anastasia School, Waukegan
St. Ann School, Chicago
St. Athanasius School, Evanston
Benedict Preparatory School (Elementary and Secondary), Chicago
Bridgeport Catholic Academy, Chicago
St. Catherine of Alexandria School, Oak Lawn
St. Catherine of Siena/St. Lucy School, Oak Park
Catholic Consortium of Lake County: St. Mary of the Annunciation School, Mundelein
Transfiguration School and Frassati Catholic Academy, Wauconda
Christ Our Savior School, South Holland
St. Christopher School, Midlothian
St. Colette School, Rolling Meadows
St. Constance School, Chicago
St. Cyprian School, River Grove
SS. Cyrill & Methodius School, Lemont
St. Damian School, Oak Forest
St. Ferdinand School, Chicago
St. Francis De Sales Schoo, Lake Zurich
St. Germaine School, Oak Lawn
St. Gilbert School, Grayslake
St. Helen School, Chicago
Holy Angels School, Chicago
Holy Cross School, Deerfield
Immaculate Conception School (Talcott), Chicago
Incarnation School, Palos Heights
St. John Vianney School, Northlake
St. Joh of the Cross School, Western Springs
St. John Fisher School, Chicago
St. Joseph School, Homewood
St. Joseph School, Round Lake
Leo Catholic High School, Chicago
St. Leonard School, Berwyn
St. Linus School, Oak Lawn
St. Luke School, River Forest
St. Mary School, Buffalo Grove
School of St. Mary, Lake Forest
Mary Seat of Wisdom Schoo, Park Ridge
Most Holy Redeemer School, Evergreen Park
St. Norbert School, Northbrook
Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, Glenview
Our Lady of the Wayside School, Arlington Heights
Pope Francis Global Academy (North Campus), Chicago
Pope John Paul II Catholic School, Chicago
Prince of Peace School, Lake Villa
Queen of All Saints School, Chicago
Queen of the Rosary School, Elk Grove Village
Queen of the Universe School, Chicago
St. Theresa School, Palatine
St. Thomas of Villanova School, Palatine
St. Viator School, Chicago
St. Walter School
St. Zachary School, Des Plaines

A Daily Herald analysis of water quality test results obtained through public records requests from suburban school districts in six counties (http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20161204/news/161209580/). Sixty-nine schools -- 22 percent -- had water fountains or faucets that tested at or above the federal standard, the records show.

In all, 5,112 samples from suburban schools were tested; 245 of them had lead levels above the federal threshold.

That includes 127 water samples from St. Charles Unit District 303 schools, 38 samples from Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 schools, 14 samples from Indian Prairie Unit District 204 schools in Aurora and Naperville, 14 samples from Addison Elementary District 4, which includes Stone Elementary School, and 12 samples from Schaumburg Elementary District 54 schools.

Not every school district has tested for lead, which is particularly dangerous for children because it affects brain development (http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs379/en/), according to the World Health Organization. Despite the federal threshold, there is no known safe level of lead exposure, according to the international health agency.

While 59 suburban school districts tested for lead in water at all or some schools, 31 districts had not done any testing. Two other school districts have tested but have not received results. Between the districts that tested only some schools and those that tested none, 325 suburban schools remain unchecked.

A Tribune analysis of state data has identified about 170 other public water systems in Illinois — serving about 700,000 people in all — that had test results that exceeded federal standards during at least one year since 2004 (http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/watchdog/ct-lead-water-illinois-met-2...)

In the Chicago region, nine water systems exceeded the EPA standard at least twice during the same time period, the Tribune found, including Berwyn and Forest View in Cook County, York Township in DuPage County, and Barrington and Volo in Lake County.

Testing by those water systems found more than 15 parts per billion of lead in the tap water of at least 10 percent of the homes tested, highlighting the lingering danger from lead pipes and plumbing installed during the past century.