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Pinellas Co. parents relieved after tests show no lead in water at Azalea Elementary School

Posted at 4:46 PM, Aug 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-22 18:25:39-04

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. —  Good news for Pinellas County Parents, district officials say the water at Azalea Elementary school is now safe to drink. This comes just two days after tests showed unhealthy levels of lead in the water. 

"It was a little disturbing," said parent, Sarah Bryant. 

Bryant's daughter started Pre-K this year.

"This is all new for me. Her health and safety is my number one priority," she said. 

District officials quickly jumped into action after the first test came out. They ran another test, stocked the school with bottled water, and stopped all water use in the kitchen. 

"They handled it great," said grandmother Shelly Patros. "My granddaughter told me they were on it." 

The district got new results Wednesday afternoon showing that there is no lead in the water. 

"I'm glad to know that's not the case," said Bryant. 

Lisa Wolf, the spokesperson for Pinellas County Schools, said the previous test was likely faulty because the four tests before that one showed that there was no lead in the water. She also said district officials might decide to test the water at Azalea Elementary four times a year instead of once. Most of the schools in the district are tested once a year. 

"I support testing as regular as possible for sure," said Bryant.