Dec 19, 2018

Iredell County, N.C., High School Finds Contaminated Drinking Water

Elevated perchlorate has been discovered in the Lake Norman High School’s drinking water

Drinking water contamination discovered at Iredell County, N.C., school
Drinking water contamination discovered at Iredell County, N.C., school

On Dec. 18, elevated levels of perchlorate were discovered in drinking water at Lake Norman High School in Iredell County, N.C. The Iredell-Statesville School Board has decided to provide bottled water to students and staff until further testing of the water quality is completed.

According to a press release, the school found that perchlorate levels at Lake Norman High School were particularly elevated compared to neighboring schools. While perchlorate levels are not regulated in North Carolina, the school system recognizes the risks and has opted to provide bottled water. The schools system hired an outside agency, Reliant Environmental, to test the district’s water quality following the discovery of elevated lead levels at a neighboring school.

According to local news source WBTV, water in all 36 schools in the district were tested, but school officials think the results may include inaccuracies.

“When we got the test results back this week it showed skewed data from Lake Norman High, abnormally high, and we think that there is an explanation, we think that maybe that data is inaccurate,” said Superintendent Dr. Brady Johnson to WBTV. “This can’t be explained. This is one water line feeding multiple schools and the number from Lake Norman High School was astronomically high compared to other schools.”

The school system ordered two additional water test to be taken this week and hope the results will return negative before students return from winter break, as reported by the Statesville Record.

“We want to get the factual information out to the public,” said Mooresville Mayor Miles Atkins. “We’re very confident in our water supply. It’s safe, it’s tested, it’s above standards, and people can feel  confident to drink it.”