Salem-Keizer schools uncover more sources of lead

More than a dozen schools have lead in at least one tap

McNary High School. (Salem-Keizer School District)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – The Salem-Keizer School District has discovered lead in at least one water source in five schools this past week, bringing the total to 13.

The Statesman Journal reports that testing on a classroom sink at McNary High School showed water contained lead at levels more than 50 times higher than the action level.

State officials in June asked Oregon school districts to test all taps used for cooking and drinking in June following concerning lead levels found at some Portland schools.

The Salem-Keizer School District finished collecting samples from taps at all 88 schools and administrative buildings earlier this month. The district is also testing for copper.

The district has received results from 25 schools, and more than a dozen have lead in at least one tap.

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