2 Gresham schools show elevated lead levels in water

Lead levels higher than 15 parts per billion at local schools

Water from a drinking fountain, file. (Flickr Creative Commons)

GRESHAM, Ore. (AP) — District officials say elevated lead levels have been found at two Gresham schools after recent drinking water tests.

Gresham-Barlow School District officials said on their website that water sample tests at Dexter McCarty Middle School and at Powell Valley Elementary Schools came back Wednesday showing lead levels higher than 15 parts per billion.

The fixtures at Dexter were located in a special education classroom, a functional skills classroom and in the kitchen. At Powell, the fixtures are in the kitchen and a reading intervention classroom.

Officials say follow-up tests will be conducted and that the water supply will remain shut off to those fixtures until they are remediated and the problem has been resolved.

Tests at three other district elementary schools found no elevated lead levels, officials said.

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