EASTHAM, Mass. (AP) -- Students at Eastham Elementary School will be drinking bottled water when classes resume next week after trace amounts of a probable human carcinogen were detected in the school’s well.
Principal Scotti Finnegan told parents at a meeting this week that the level of the compound 1, 4-dioxane found in the school well is way below the maximum safety standard.
The tests on the school well on Feb. 11 revealed 0.08 and 0.09 parts per billion. The safety standard used by the town is 0.3 parts per billion.
The Cape Cod Times reports that Finnegan says "no amount of hazard is acceptable."
The contaminant is believed to be coming from a plume from the town landfill, which is surrounded by homes and the school.