Lead has been found in the drinking water of five Austin public schools, new data obtained by Environment Texas from the Austin Independent School District shows. It's the second time in the past year the toxic metal has been discovered in AISD schools and facilities.
The tests revealed lead at levels considered especially unsafe by the American Academy of Pediatrics in certain taps at Boone and Patton elementary schools, Bailey and Covington middle schools, and Lanier High School. Environment Texas obtained the data through a public information request.
Exposure to lead in children can cause irreversible cognitive and behavioral problems. After the drinking water crisis in Flint, Mich., pointed a spotlight on lead contamination, AISD decided to test water.