School Business Affairs November 2019

16 NOVEMBER 2019 | SCHOOL BUSINESS AFFAIRS FINANCE AND OPERATIONS Lead Levels in Water: What It Means for Schools Strategies for controlling lead in school water and reducing its effects on staff and students. By Dave Funk Lead can affect digestive and kid- ney function, harm blood produc- tion, and increase blood pressure. Additionally, high lead exposure can cause heart disease, depression, reduced fertility, fatigue, nerve dam- age, and memory loss, and can affect concentration and sleep, according L ead is a heavy, soft bluish- grey metal that occurs naturally in the earth’s crust. Everyone is exposed to trace amounts of lead through air, soil, household dust, food, drinking water, and various con- sumer products. Excess exposure to lead can cause a wide range of health effects that can build up over time. Higher levels of lead and extended exposure to it increases its effect on us. Chronic lead exposure may not produce obvious symptoms until levels in the body are very high. CHINNAPONG/STOCK.ADOBE.COM