THE LOOP — Thirteen more Chicago Public Schools tested positive for dangerous levels of lead in the water in the most recent results released Friday, making more than 100 that have failed tests administered under "an abundance of caution" in the wake of the widespread lead poisoning in Flint, Mich.
Officials say 112 schools have tested positive in the lead tests. CPS announced in May that it would be testing all 324 district schools built before new lead-pipe regulations took effect in 1986. As of Friday, it had received results for 301 of those schools, with district officials pointing out the initial testing was almost complete.
The 13 new schools that received positive results included Burnside, Carnegie, Drummond, Dubois, Gallistel, Lowell, Lozano, Mitchell, Pullman, Rowe at Lozano, Salazar, Sherman and Woodson.
According to CPS, parents have already received notice about those schools failing the lead tests.
The district has insisted the 183 fixtures that failed tests — 95 fountains and 88 sinks — made up just 3.2 percent of all those tested, and were close to legal limits. The district maintains the failed tests were sometimes due to underuse or water having been shut off. It has said the tests did not compare to the levels found in Flint.
CPS has created a webpage with details on the lead-testing program, including full results.
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