The district says the water at Summit Township Elementary was tested in late February and one sample revealed a level of copper that was above the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s action level.
“Copper is an essential nutrient, but some people who drink water containing copper in excess of the action level over a relatively short amount of time could experience gastrointestinal distress. Some people who drink water containing copper in excess of the action level over many years could suffer liver or kidney damage. People with Wilson’s Disease should consult their personal doctor.”
The tests did not show any traces of lead in the water. Summit Elementary now receives water service from Pennsylvania American Water.
“After obtaining potable water service from PA American Water for Summit Elementary, Butler Area School District has continued to conduct testing of the water at the school to ensure that the elevated lead issues associated with the well water previously used at the school would not reoccur,” White said in the letter.
Summit Elementary School was closed for about a year because of high levels of lead and copper in the water.