The D.C. Department of the Environment found elevated lead levels at five District public schools during its last round of testing, according to The Washington Post.
Officials identified the schools as Bowen, Hearst, Kenilworth and Watkins Elementary Schools and Alice Deal Junior High School, according to The Post. Alice Deal Junior High is located in Tenleytown.
The percentage of water samples showing lead levels above the Environmental Protection Agency’s allowable limit ranged from 77 percent at Watkins to 30 percent at Hearst, according to The Post.
While city officials said they do not know enough about how the study was conducted to conclude that the drinking water at the five schools is unsafe, they do plan on becoming involved in the testing process, according to The Post.
“I don’t want to prejudge the situation, but it’s been very hard getting information,” D.C. City Council Member Jim Graham, D-Ward 1, said. “This is about protecting a vulnerable age group.”