NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - After extensive testing, Navy officials told WAVY.com lead was found at two child care centers in Hampton Roads.
According to Jim Moir with Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Public Affairs, water testing at nine regional child care facilities found elevated levels of lead at Joint Expeditionary Base Fort Story and Naval Station Norfolk Hampton Boulevard Child Development Center.
Excess levels of lead, consumed over a period of time can pose serious health risks.
At the Fort Story location, Moir said 58 water outlets were tested and five had elevated levels of lead. He said children did not have access to any of those outlets. Four of the faucets, which Moir said were rarely used, were disconnected following the findings. The fifth faucet was used by teachers to rinse dishes, according Moir. He said it was replaced a sign was placed informing staff not to drink from it.
At the Norfolk location, Moir said 72 faucets were tested and seven had elevated levels of lead; five sinks used for hand washing and two drinking fountains. Moir said the sinks were replaced. Three of them then tested negative for lead, and a sign was posted above the other two warning staff not to drink water from them. The two fountains, Moir said, have been removed from the area.
Thursday, Moir told WAVY.com parents were attending informational meetings as parents pick their children up from the centers. CDC leadership, healthcare representatives and daycare employees will all be on hand until each parent has been notified.
There have been no reports of health problems at this time.
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