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Elevated levels of lead found at Eugene schools

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EUGENE, OR (AP) -

Bottled water will be distributed at four Eugene school buildings found to have slightly elevated levels of lead.

The Register-Guard reports that school district officials told parents in an email late Monday that testing in March and April revealed elevated levels in some sinks and drinking fountains at Sheldon High School, Kennedy Middle School and the district's Education Center.

An elevated level also was found Monday at Roosevelt Middle School in the first of two samplings.

District spokeswoman Kerry Delf says the necessary plumbing repairs were made, and subsequent testing found water to be at safe levels. She says the district's offering bottled water out of an abundance of caution.

Workers didn't tell district leaders about the lead until last week. Delf says the employees considered the testing and repairs to be routine, and that's why they didn't report it sooner.

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