Local School & City Water Could Be Contaminated, Harmful

MOORESVILLE, NC — Drinking water at Lake Norman High School could be contaminated with a chemical harmful to your child’s health.

Lab results show it tested positive for a chemical called perchlorate.

“Yes, we are very concerned about the water and how it’s affecting the children,” said Cindy Powell.
She picked up her daughter Tuesday to learn the school is using bottled water for drinking and cooking.

“We just cant drink any of the water at all from the fountains,” said Taylor Powell.

The safety measure comes 15 days after Reliant Environmental gave the district a lab report. That company says it visited to test the water October 26, November 5 and 6 of 2018.

The district says it requested the water quality test on its own.

Results showed perchlorate at a level of 137 at Lake Norman High School.

Perchlorate is used in rockets, fireworks, matches and fertilizers, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

To see that report, click here.

The EPA issued an interim drinking water health advisory for perchlorate in 2008. To see that, click here.

The EPA says, “The Agency found that perchlorate may have an adverse effect on the health of persons and is known to occur in public drinking water systems with a frequency and at levels that present a public health concern.”

It can hurt the thyroid gland, according to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. To see those results, click here.

In this zip code, the school district says elevated thyroid cancer has been a concern. That’s one reason the district says it wanted the water tested.

“It matches up with the issues, but when we finally get to the bottom of this thing, I don’t think it’s going to be that,” said school board member Todd Carver. “I really think it’s going to be a testing issue.”

Here’s why some think that: Lake Norman High School gets its water from the Town of Mooresville which draws water from Lake Norman.

Other schools in the area use the same water and get the water from the same pipe. Those schools tested negative for perchlorate.

Reliant Environmental tested again Tuesday and is flushing the system and testing again Wednesday to try to find the source.

“At least they’re concerned and really worried about it. At least they’re taking safety precautions,” said Cindy Powell.

Students have three more days of school before winter break. So, the district says it will keep doing bottled water as long as it needs to. The district says it lab results are a mistake, then good. If not, at least it found out about the risk for everyone using that city water.

To read the final report on drinking water tests conducted throughout Iredell-Statesville Schools, CLICK HERE.