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Arsenic level drops at Whitley school

Grant aids project at Northern Heights Elementary

A $45,612 arsenic remediation grant has helped remove arsenic in the water at Northern Heights Elementary School in Columbia City, the state announced Wednesday.

The Whitley County school installed an arsenic treatment system to bring its drinking water into compliance with recently tightened national standards.

Since the school installed the treatment system, tests have shown the water to be well below the new arsenic standard, the announcement said.

It said levels in the drinking water had previously tested at 18 parts per billion, well below the previous national standard of 50 parts per billion. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently reduced the standard to 10 parts per billion.

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