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MOULTRIE, Ga. — Elevated levels of arsenic were found in well water at the Hamilton Elementary School in Moultrie, Ga., according to The Moultrie Observer.
As a result the Colquitt County School System is considering the installation of a filtration system to deal with the school’s arsenic problem.
The naturally occurring poisonous substance was found in January and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources recommended monitoring the well serving the school through the rest of the year, stated the article.
Tests for heavy metals early in the year reported levels of arsenic of 10 parts per billion (ppb), and two tests conducted in June turned back levels at 10 ppb and 11 ppb.
Schools Superintendent Samuel DePaul said tests since then haven’t shown any improvement and a letter was sent to parents letting them know about the problem, noted the article.
“We understand that there is a vein of arsenic that runs throughout the state of Georgia,” the letter said. “We also understand that Hamilton Elementary School sits in the area of this vein; this is the most likely cause for the level of arsenic.”
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