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Oregon Health Authority developing plan for lead in water at schools

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After mounding concerns surrounding lead in the water at local schools, the Oregon Health Authority said they are developing a plan to address the problem.

OHA said they met with the Oregon Department of Education about a week ago to create a work plan to address lead in school drinking water.

The issue of high levels of lead in the water at local schools has received a lot of attention in recent weeks. OHA said it's a problem that needs to be tackled state wide, so much so, that Governor Kate Brown is now working on ways to reduce lead in drinking water.

Among the actions now being considered are:

  • Request all school districts that get water from other systems to test for lead in school buildings.
  • Require schools to use certified drinking water testing labs to process water samples for lead.
  • Develop a database and method for transferring lead test records from labs, schools and school districts to OHA.
  • Provide OHA drinking water expertise to schools as needed.

OHA and ODE are expected to finalize their plan and provide it to the Governor's Office by the end of June.

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