Unacceptable lead levels at NJ schools

January 31, 2008 2:26:27 PM PST
Jersey City School officials confirmed Thursday that six elementary schools have been found to have unacceptably high levels of lead in the drinking water. Officials say letters were sent with students notifying parents about the problems as bottled water was delivered to all the schools.

The schools where the elevated levels of lead were found are: Schools 6, 25, 27, 31, 11 and 23.

Water at the School 23 annex was found to have acceptable levels of lead.

The lead testing was discovered as part of the district's voluntary participation in a federal Evironmental Protection Agency program.

Lead poisoning can cause neurological problems, reduced cognitive abilities, nausea, abdominal pain, irritability, headaches and, in extreme cases, seizure and coma.