The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is investigating sources of lead after 32 children were discovered with high lead levels in their blood in Saline County between January 2015 and March 2016 reports Gabriella Dunn with the Wichita Eagle. 16 additional children have tested for high lead levels in Sedgewick county, home to Wichita, Kansas. Saline county officials have tested an additional 300 adults and children for lead exposure, but the results have yet to be released. Wichita has been making efforts to replace lead pipes in the city over the past 10 years:
The city of Wichita has been working for more than 10 years to replace nearly 1,500 lead service pipes with plastic or copper ones. The city plans to have all replaced by this fall.
But those don’t account for pipes on personal property. Many older homes still contain lead water pipes and faucets, and those replacements are the homeowner’s responsibility.
Government officials plan on interviewing the families of the children with elevated lead levels in July along with testing the water, soil, paint, and other areas around the home for lead.
Read more about the developing story over at the Wichita Eagle by clicking on the link below.