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Bearden water safe to drink again

The Arkansas Department of Health reports the city of Bearden's water is safe to drink again after previous tests revealed elevated levels of lead. (KATV photo)

The Arkansas Department of Health reports the city of Bearden's water is safe to drink again after previous tests revealed elevated levels of lead.

Students within the Bearden School District went home with a letter earlier this month, announcing that the district had been notified by the city about the lead found in the drinking water, stating it was in some homes and businesses within the community.

Eleven samples were recently taken from Bearden schools and submitted to the Public Health Laboratory for testing. All of the samples tested below the exceedance level for lead.

"The results are very good and all results are below the levels which would indicate problems with corrosion," Jeff Stone, the Engineering Section Director at the Arkansas Department of Health, said. "The school and its students should be reassured by these results."

The effects of lead can cause damage to the brain and kidneys and possibly lead to a lowered IQ in children.

ADH says it will continue working with Bearden's water system as it normally would, but the department is assuring the public the results from the school are below levels of concern.


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