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Drinking fountains shut off at five Beaverton schools; water to be tested for lead

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BEAVERTON, OR (KPTV) -

The Beaverton School District is shutting off drinking fountains at five elementary schools as a "precautionary measure."

All hallway and classroom drinking fountains were shut off Friday at Elmonica, Errol Hassell, Greenway, Hazeldale and Rock Creek elementary schools.

Administrators said they have no evidence or reason to believe the drinking water at those schools has elevated levels of lead, but the schools do have older water systems with pre-lead ban copper pipes and possible lead solder.

The decision comes as Portland Public Schools has come under fire following reports of elevated lead levels in the water at Creston Elementary and Rose City Park and the revelation that the water was not immediately shut off at those schools.

Another report states some 47 Portland schools had lead levels higher than the EPA's maximum containment level.

The Portland Public Schools Board of Education announced Thursday that two employees were placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.

In Beaverton, bottled water is being provided in classrooms, gyms, main offices, staff rooms, cafeterias and health rooms at the schools where the water has been shut off.

"These schools will be tested using the same protocol to test all schools and support facilities for lead in the drinking water. All drinking fountains and faucets, including kitchen areas will be tested throughout the school system," according to a Beaverton School District statement.

For more information, go to the BSD water quality page.

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