State advances plan to test all schools for lead

Oregon's health and education agencies are teaming up to help

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. (AP) – Oregon health and education officials say they will team up with school districts and child care programs statewide to help test for lead in school drinking water.

The plan announced Wednesday comes on the heels of belated disclosures about lead in the drinking water of some Portland Public Schools.

That disclosure has motivated other school districts around the state to test their water for lead, which is a neurotoxin.

Now the Oregon Department of Education and the Oregon Health Authority are recommending that all schools test for lead over the summer.

The state will provide technical support and a list of certified labs to test the water.

The plan also calls for a statewide database built from the testing that will be made available online this fall.

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