Ten schools in four Lancaster County districts were found to have elevated lead levels in water fountains, classroom sinks and a kitchen as a result of voluntary testing in 2016 and 2017. Some districts completed voluntary testing in previous years. Those results are also included. Information has been provided by the districts.

With the extensive reporting by Ad Crable appearing in LNP and on LancasterOnline today, we begin a yearlong examination of drinking water in Lancaster County. If you have concerns about your water, or have a coverage suggestion, please send email to water@lnpnews.com or call (717) 291-8622. Send letters to P.O. Box 1328, Lancaster, PA 17608-1328.


Cocalico High School

Cocalico High School. (Lancaster Newspapers file photo)

Cocalico

Did not conduct voluntary testing. 

2018-19: Required testing has not been completed. 


Columbia School District building

The Columbia School District administration building, 200 N. Fifth St., Columbia, shown in August 2013.

Columbia

Did not conduct voluntary testing. 

2018-19: Required testing has not been completed. 


CV

Conestoga Valley School District.

Conestoga Valley

Did not conduct voluntary testing. 

2018-19: Required testing has not been completed. 


Donegal School District stock photo

Donegal School District.

Donegal

Had tested in past with no problems.

2018-19: Required testing has been completed. No problems were found. 


Elanco

Eastern Lancaster County School District administrative offices.

Elanco

Did not conduct voluntary testing. 

2018-19: Required testing has been completed.  No problems were found.


Elizabethtown Area School District

Elizabethtown

2016-17: Did not conduct voluntary testing. 

2018-19: Required testing has not been completed. 


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A classroom sink at Ephrata High School where students and teachers are warned not to drink the water because of high levels of lead.

Ephrata Area

2016-17: Conducted voluntary testing. Eight sinks (some with fountains) and one fountain were turned off or marked with "not for consumption" signs at Akron Elementary. One sink and one kitchen pan sprayer were disabled at Clay Elementary. Two sinks were closed at Ephrata Middle School. Five sinks were closed at Ephrata High School. 

2018-19: Required testing has not been completed.


Hempfield School District administration building

Hempfield

Did not conduct voluntary testing. 

2018-19: Required testing has not been completed. 


La Academia

La Academia Charter School, 30 N. Ann St., Lancaster.

La Academia Partnership Charter School

Did not conduct voluntary testing. 

2018-19: Required testing has not been completed. 


L-S

Lampeter-Strasburg School District.

Lampeter-Strasburg

2016-17: Conducted voluntary testing. No problems found. 

2018-19: Required testing has been completed. No problems were found.


SDL admin building

School District of Lancaster Administrative Services Center

School District of Lancaster

2016-17: Conducted voluntary testing. Old water fountains with lead joints were replaced at Wickersham Elementary and Phoenix Academy. An old hand-washing sink in the girls' locker room in the basement of Buchanan Elementary was closed down.

2018-19: Required testing has not been completed.


Manheim Central High School building

Manheim Central High School. (Lancaster Newspapers file photo)

Manheim Central

Did not conduct voluntary testing.

2018-19: Required testing has been completed. No problems were found.


Manheim Township

2013: Conducted voluntary testing. No problems found. 

2018-19: Required testing has not been completed.


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Octoraro

Conducted voluntary testing. No problems found.

2018-19: Required testing has not been completed.


Penn Manor

Penn Manor High School

Penn Manor

2016-17: Conducted voluntary testing. Two old sinks with fountains were disabled at Martic Elementary in 2016. Water-treatment equipment was adjusted and passed later tests. Bottled water was discontinued. 

2018-19: Required testing has not been completed.

Pequea Valley logo

Pequea Valley School District

Pequea Valley

2009: Conducted voluntary testing. Only bottled water has been consumed at Paradise Elementary since it opened in 2009. After changes were made to equipment with guidance from the state, the most recent tests did not find dangerous lead levels. 

2018-19: Required testing has been completed. No problems were found.


Solanco

Solanco School District administration building.

Solanco

2016-17: Conducted voluntary testing. One old fountain was replaced in the boys' bathroom at Solanco High. One old fountain was replaced at Swift Middle School. 

2018-19: Required testing has been completed. No problems were found.


Warwick stock photo

The Warwick School District office is at Warwick High School, 301 W. Orange St., Lititz.

Warwick

2016-17: Conducted voluntary testing. No problems were found. 

2018-19: Required testing has not been completed. 


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