BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — The results are in, and Brevard Public Schools report that the drinking water from 13 of its barrier island schools have been tested to be safe.
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Concerns surrounding the drinking water materialized after firefighting chemicals were discovered in groundwater at the nearby Patrick Air Force Base in early July.
Satellite High School alumni publicly questioned if they are victims of a cancer cluster linked to chemicals in the water.
Traces of chemicals such as perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) were detected. PFOA and PFOS have been linked to types of cancer and thyroid defects, says the county.
The school district says officials have tested the drinking water for 21 chemical, including PFOA and PFOS, and found no detectable traces of any 21 chemicals they tested.
Assistant Superintendent of Brevard Public Schools Matt Reed said, "The most important thing for parents to know is that the water at our schools on the beachside is safe to drink, safe to wash in, safe to cook with, and that's really important."
The district will also re-test a water sample for perfluorobutyrate (PFBA) -- a less toxic chemical -- from Satellite High School due to exhibiting a slightly higher trace of PFBA.
According to a press release, BPS said it seeking a second opinion from the Florida Department of Health and has shared its results with them.
Brevard County’s Natural Resources Management received results of water quality testing Friday on four groundwater wells on the Barrier Island. They registered within EPA safety standards for drinking water.
The following schools were tested by BPS:
South Patrick Shores
- Sea Park Elementary
- Satellite High
- DeLaura Middle
- Holland Elementary
- Surfside Elementary
- Cocoa Beach Jr./Sr. High
- Freedom 7 Elementary
- Roosevelt Elementary
- Cape View Elementary
Indian Harbor Beach
- Ocean Breeze Elementary
- Hoover Middle
- Indialantic Elementary
- Gemini Elementary