Chagrin Falls Superintendent Robert Hunt says that there's a discrepancy between a recent Ohio EPA notice about the drinking water at Gurney Elementary School and his own staff's understanding of the matter.
This morning, he and his team learned that the Ohio EPA had posted a notice urging children and pregnant women to drink bottled water to "reduce or eliminate" consumption of lead in water. The notice was specific to Gurney Elementary School.
"I was taken back when I saw the alert online because it was contradictory to what we've been told," Hunt told Fox 8
. "But I wanted to make sure students and staff were safe so I put these measures into place until we find out more information."
The school had been through several water tests over the past few months, all of which confirmed that the water was "safe for consumption" — making the recent Ohio EPA notice all the more surprising, Hunt said.
School is still on today, and bottle water is being distributed at 20 locations throughout the building. Drinking fountains have been shut off. The main water line will be tested again next Wednesday.