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PPS taking steps to provide safe drinking water after high levels of lead found

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The Portland Public School District is speaking up and taking action after high levels of lead exceeding the federal standard were found in drinking fountains and faucets at two schools.

PPS held a press conference Friday night addressing concerns about the latest findings.

Earlier this week, testing done at Creston and Rose City Park schools came back with lead levels over the Environmental Protection Agency's maximum containment level.

In both buildings, 14 sinks and water fountains had high levels of lead.

The district said all of those fixtures have been replaced and re-tested, and now meet the standard.

However, the district is airing on the side of caution from this point forward.

"We're taking this really seriously. We're going to provide drinking water at all sites. We're really visibly labeling all drinking fountains so that students don't use them. We're not using the water in order to prepare food," said PPS Superintendent Carole Smith.

The district announced they will shut off all drinking fountains in the PPS on Friday night.

A district-wide lead level test is planned for the summer.

For the remainder of the school year, PPS said they will provide water bottles to students and staff. According to PPS, they will have more than one million bottles of water for the rest of the school year.

Once the district-wide testing is done, they will have a more clear picture on if they will need to repipe some of the older schools.

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