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Virginia Beach City Public Schools responds to Congresswoman Elaine Luria's inquiry regarding water testing results

Virginia Beach City Public Schools responds to Congresswoman Elaine Luria's inquiry regarding water testing results
Posted on 11/20/2019

Dr. Aaron Spence, Superintendent of Virginia Beach City Public Schools, has seen a press release containing a letter addressed to him, dated November 20, from Congresswoman Elaine Luria that expressed concern about water test results that showed actionable lead levels in some drinking sites at some schools.

"No one has been or remains more concerned about the presence of lead in the drinking water within some of our schools than I am," responded Spence. "Within five hours of my being aware of these test results, our facilities team began working and has been working overtime ever since to secure, remediate and retest sites that returned lead levels exceeding EPA guidelines. Once senior leadership had knowledge of water issues, the most accurate and comprehensive information was relayed to the public in the timeliest manner possible. Delivering that information piecemeal without any context or medical guidance would have been, quite frankly, irresponsible."

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