High levels of lead found in water at two Navy child care facilities

Posted at 3:34 PM, Mar 28, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-29 06:01:26-04

Norfolk, Va. – Water in some faucets at two Navy child care facilities has tested positive for high levels of lead.

The high levels were found in tests at JEB Fort Story Child Development Center and the Naval Station Norfolk Child Development Center on Hampton Blvd, according to The Flagship.

Parents and staff have already been notified about the results of the tests.

Officials started to test the water for lead back in September of 2012 at several child care facilities around Hampton Roads.

JEB Fort Story Child Development Center collected 58 total samples. Five of them initially tested above the Navy and EPA standards but corrective action was taken. The water was coming from a kitchen faucet that was supposed to be used by adults to rinse dishes before putting them in the dishwasher.

Testing was also conducted at NAVSTA Norfolk CDC on Hampton Blvd. They say seven out of 72 water outlets tested above the recommended level. This included water fountains where kids had access. These fountains have been removed the website says.

So far, almost 300 water outlets have been individually tested at nine facilities at JEB Little Creek-Fort Story and NAVSTA Norfolk.

Read more at The Flagship