Lead detected in water from 22 Delaware schools, including Wallace Wallin School

NEW CASTLE, Delaware (WPVI) — The Delaware Department of Health found that nearly two dozen schools in the state have dangerous levels of lead from a water source. The building once known as the Wallace Wallin School had the highest number of infractions at 17.

There is a sign above the water fountain in the school that says “Not for consumption”. Water dispensers are now stationed at the former Wallace Wallin School after dangerous levels of lead were found in the water sources.

“We think we’ve determined that it could be the building’s water line,” Colonial School District Superintendent Jeffrey Menzer said.

According to Menzer, the district is working to fix any lead issues and will likely replace the main.

“It looks like it’s going to be quite an important task to fix this problem,” Menzer said.

Wallin School is part of the larger William Penn High School campus and offers Driver’s Ed and ROTC classes.

A total of 22 Delaware schools were found to have unsafe levels of lead from water sources.

“You would think that as a district you would have this stuff tested regularly,” Latonya Hines said.

We reviewed the report with Hines. Her students’ middle school received the all-clear.

“It’s definitely a relief,” Hines said.

“While we do not have enough concerns to justify individual testing, any parent or guardian who has concerns is encouraged to speak to their child’s primary care provider,” the Department of Education said.

Check if your student’s school was affected here.

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