Doctors say water in BPS school system is safe

Doctors are addressing water concerns in the Boston Public Schools system, saying the water is safe, but parents said they have trouble trusting the schools.

Two BPS employees are on administrative leave after water fountains were turned on at six schools where high levels of lead were discovered. The water fountains were quickly shut down. Four other schools also tested positive for high levels of lead.

A meeting was held Monday night to discuss water safety, where parents said they were concerned that it took BPS leaders months to notify them of the lead.

"To have a lag of five months between when it happened and when we’re actually given any information, it just causes a lack of trust," said parent Anna Ross.

BPS Superintendent Tommy Change said the schools need to communicate with parents in a "much more expedited timeline," calling the delay "unacceptable."

A pediatrician from Boston Medical Center told parents that it would be almost impossible for their children to develop lead poisoning from using the water fountains at BPS schools.

Boston school officials will meet Tuesday to continue discussing water safety.

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