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Lead testing businesses busy after high levels of lead detected in local schools

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Many parents are concerned about their student’s health after Portland Public Schools found elevated levels of lead in its drinking water in several schools last month.

“I think it’s ridiculous,” mother Samantha Rousculp said. “I think it’s poor planning and poor management and PPS should have been ahead of the game in taking are of our children.”

PPS and Multnomah County Health Department have been working together to provide free lead screenings for children under six and pregnant women.

Over the past two days the county screened over 519 people and two children tested positive for elevated levels of lead will need to see their doctor.

The scare of lead in the water has many concerned for their homes as well. Stacie Moenning said her home in southeast Portland was built in the 1920s and has since been upgraded.

“I’m confident it doesn’t have anything toxic,” Moenning said. She adds to be better safe than sorry, she plans to get her home inspected for any heavy levels of metal.

Scott Zwingli with AirTechNW & Lead Solutions, a testing company, said business has been busy since the announcement of lead in the water system, but adds there are other ways high levels of lead can come into a person’s body.

“The lead in water is not my primary concern,” Zwingli said. “The greatest contributor for lead exposure is lead in paint.”

Zwingli said removing lead from a home’s water system is simple.

“We take those samples and send it to a lab and get the results back within three to five days,” Zwingli.

The city of Portland does offer a free lead in water testing.

To request a water test kit within Multnomah County click here.

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