Sarasota County schools last week started conducting voluntary water testing.
Although not required, the district began testing in the wake of the water crisis in Flint, Michigan.
Early results found three test sites with lead levels that were above the EPA’s recommended amount. Those sites are McIntosh Middle School, Venice Middle School and Englewood Elementary School.
Sarasota County schools built prior to 1986- when lead fixtures became less prevalent- are the ones subject to testing.