DC Catholic School Water to Be Tested for Lead As Precaution

February 05, 2004

Water in the 22 D.C. Catholic schools operated by the Archdiocese of Washington will be tested for lead following concerns raised about water safety in the District. This step is being taken as a precaution. The schools have not had any lead pipes or lead-soldered water fountains for more than 10 years.

“We are always concerned about anything that may potentially affect the health and safety of our children. We want to make sure we continue to do everything possible to protect the children entrusted to us,” Dr. Patricia Weitzel-O’Neill, Superintendent of Catholic Schools, wrote in an e-mail sent to principals on February 3.

In the e-mail, Dr. Weitzel-O’Neill notified principals that a company had been contracted with to perform the tests. These will begin next week. In addition, principals were directed to turn off drinking fountains and to use bottled water until the testing is complete.

Susan Gibbs
Office of Communications
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