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The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency site has posted information that T.C. Gurney Elementary School in the Chagrin Falls School District has an unacceptable level of lead in its drinking water — possibly coming from corroding water pipes.

Students at Gurney may have been exposed to unacceptable levels of lead in the school’s drinking water, Superintendent Robert Hunt and school officials said.

Hunt said the information the district received back in November from the Ohio EPA had the school district’s water at acceptable levels. The latest information contradicts that, he said.

The Ohio EPA reports the amount of lead in the water as <2 micrograms per liter. The “action level” for lead is 15 micrograms per liter.

Samples from Gurney School taken Aug. 12, 2015 and Sept. 30, 2015 were at 17 micrograms per liter. Those readings fall into the 90th percentile of quality so “action must be taken.”

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