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Sierra’s Call to Action- What’s in our water?

Imani Lige

Imani Lige

Imani Lige, Michelle Clarke, Tobias Tuatoo, and Demarion Cooks

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Flint, Michigan, home to lead water crisis. Early in 2014, lead, a naturally occurring chemical, was found at high levels in the every plumbing source possible in the city. Through more investigation they found when they switched the the water source the PcH levels of the new water running through the pipes was lower causing corrosion to the lead pipe, stripping them and deposition them into the water stream. Now what does this have to do with Sierra High School? Well, early this year Mr. Mike Wilsey, Operation Services Officer in Harrison School District, lead a joint and volunteer base program along with Colorado Springs Utilities to test the water in our district. Though most of this was not know to many of the students or parents till the story broke on KKTV’s Call for Action Segment about high levels of lead in the water in school around the city. Plain and simple we have little amount of lead in any of our school at this time. There were many places that had high levels and were promptly replaced. By this time we here at the Sierra Sentiel got a hold of it and had to know what was going for ourselves. Now only a handful of places that still register above the 15 billion per part in the district and the schools have put up signs saying do not drink out of the water even one in our own science lab, room 225. Interviewing Mr. Wilsey himself, he had concluded that in many of the older fixtures that used lead stoppers, they would deposit a little lead into the water and who ever got the first drink after sitting would get the containment in the water. So, many fixtures were replaced, especially in Bricker Elementary school which showed very high levels lead in the water when first tested as stated by KKTV when they wrote, “Over at Harrison’s School District 2, results at Bricker Elementary came in at more than 16 times the EPA’s standard.” Sadly what was odd was that no parents were notified of this. The reason being is that Lead can cause harm to children younger that 6 and stunt certain development growth and cause issues like, Loss of appetite, Weight loss, Sluggishness, fatigue, and Abdominal pain among a list of many symptoms. Wilsey did say they started with all elementary schools first and then went up because of the little effect it could have on teenager and adults. Wilsey did noted for everyone at home to run the facet for a good five seconds, just in case, especially if you live in an older home. So don’t worry, drink water, and be happy that we have people looking out for us at the district office

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