Lead found in water sources at 5 Cherry Hill school buildings

School officials say nine drinkable water sources at five public elementary school buildings in Cherry Hill have been found to have high levels of lead.

A letter from the superintendent of the Cherry Hill Public School District states samples were taken from Bret Harte, James Johnson, Horace Mann, Joseph D. Sharp and Woodcrest.

Samples from the nine water fixtures showed lead levels that were higher than the threshold set by federal environmental regulators.

The district says those outlets have been removed from service as of Wednesday. Parents will not have to pack water for their children.

The sampling is part of a state-ordered water testing.

Elevated lead levels can lead to lower IQ levels in young children, as well as hearing problems and attention deficit disorder.