Via the New York Post:
Students in a Brooklyn elementary-school classroom drank from a fountain whose water was more contaminated than Flint, Mich.’s — laden with 1,000 times the amount of lead permitted by federal safety regulations.
A Dec. 16 test revealed a staggering lead-concentration level of 15,000 parts per billion in the water spouting from the spigot in Room 222 at PS 289 George V. Brower in Crown Heights, city Department of Education records show.
The Environmental Protection Agency requires water suppliers to reduce lead levels if they reach 15 ppb.
The amount of lead flowing from the Room 222 fountain was also three times the 5,000 ppb level at which the EPA classifies water as “hazardous waste.”
By comparison, the highest level of lead recorded during the Flint water crisis was 13,200 ppb. The scandal — in which cost-cutting measures resulted in the contamination of the city’s drinking water — led to criminal charges against 13 current and former government officials.