Bob Downing

A Springfield Township school, a New Franklin church and a Wayne County mobile home park are among 14 public drinking water systems with high lead levels, according to a list compiled by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

Public water systems are required under federal rules to perform lead testing and report results to the state EPA.

Infants, children and pregnant women are most at risk from lead exposure.

Schrop Intermediate School in Springfield Township had a problem with lead in its water last fall, but the problem has been eliminated.

Drinking water at the school was not affected, but two hand-wash sinks were affected, officials said.

The school with about 500 students in grades four through six detected high lead levels in two sinks, one of which was not in use, said Dustin Boswell, business manager for the Springfield Local School District.

The two readings were above 15 parts per billion, the federal lead limit, he said.

An unused sink in a multi-purpose room was removed and sealed up and the other sink in a girls’ rest room got new fixtures and plumbing, he said.

The school is served by a well and the lead problem was isolated to the school’s internal plumbing system, he said.

The lead levels elsewhere in the school, including in water from drinking fountains, were acceptable in eight samples, and students and staff were not at risk, officials said.

Also on the list is the Manchester United Methodist Church, which hosts a children’s program in New Franklin. The church switched from using well water to bottled water after lead was detected at unhealthy levels last fall from the church’s plumbing system, the Rev. Dale Gharky said.

The church is working with the Ohio EPA to fix the problem, he said.

The high lead levels have had little impact on the 84-member congregation and its activities, he said.

Westview Mobile Home Park in Chippewa Township is working with the EPA to resolve its lead violations, mobile home park spokesman Dennis White said.

A corrective plan has been submitted to the EPA, although additional tests are incomplete, he said.

The mobile home park has 225 trailers.

Lorantffy Care Center in Copley Township is also on the EPA list for lead violations. An administrator could not be reached for comment.

Also on the state list were Gurney Elementary School in Chagrin Falls and the Echo Lake Community Association, a residential development with its own water system in Hinckley Township.

Bob Downing can be reached at 330-996-3745 or bdowning@thebeaconjournal.com.