Elevated lead levels found at Portville school

PORTVILLE, N.Y. (WIVB) — Elevated levels of lead have been found in the water at Portville Central School.

School officials said testing was done on the elementary half of the Cattaraugus County building. Of 96 samples that were taken, nine of them showed elevated lead levels — more than 15 parts per billion.

“We were surprised to see that we had elevated readings in the addition of the school built in 2000,” the school said in a statement.

One of the fixtures that showed elevated levels was a drinking fountain. A common trend among the fixtures that showed these levels was that they were not used very often.

An example was the girls’ showers in the South Gym.

“We are fairly certain no one has ever used those showers,” the school said.

The school is already looking at how to solve the problem.

“We will remediate the fixtures and surrounding plumbing if necessary,” they said. “Only when we get acceptable test results will we be bring these fixtures back online.”

School Superintendent Thomas Simon can be reached at 933-7140 for questions.

MORE | See a full lead testing report here.

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