Who pays to fix the lead problem at PPS?

Parents are concerned about high levels of lead in the water

Portland Public Schools are shutting off all drinking fountains after lead was found in the water. (KOIN)
Portland Public Schools are shutting off all drinking fountains after lead was found in the water. (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) —  Documents released earlier this week revealed the Portland Public School district knew about lead in its drinking water since 2010, and many are wondering why the district didn’t upgrade its infrastructure earlier.

Back in 2012, Portland voters passed a $482 million bond measure, the largest bond measure in Oregon history. The bulk of that money went to high school renovations, earthquake reinforcement and roof repairs. Nothing was earmarked for replacing old pipes.

The school board is currently writing another bond measure it hopes to put on the November ballot.

It’s still unclear what the amount of the bond will be.

“Right now we are figuring out what is the most appropriate package to go forward,” says School Board Chair Tom Koehler. “We’re very interested in knowing what it would take to remedy, from an infrastructure standpoint, some of these issues and once we learn what the total costs are, we can appropriately address it in the bond and understanding that everything that we do in this bond is about improving our infrastructure.”

It could take the board longer to decide how much the bond in November will be now that it has to wait for the results of summer lead testing.

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