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Elevated lead levels found in drinking water at two Ridgefield schools

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Ridgefield High School (KPTV file image) Ridgefield High School (KPTV file image)

Elevated lead levels have been found in the drinking water at Ridgefield High School and View Ridge Middle School.

Several samples from both schools had lead contents higher than the Environmental Protection Agency's recommended levels.

The Ridgefield School District is following Washington Department of Health guidelines for sampling water, addressing high lead levels, assessing risk, notifying local health officials and informing the community and news media.

Administrators said they took the immediate action of prohibiting drinking from all faucets at the two campuses and will provide bottled water for staff and visitors.

Wednesday was the final day of classes for students in the district.

"The health and safety of our students, staff, and campus visitors is our top concern. We are responding immediately to this preliminary report with the appropriate precautionary measures and will work swiftly to address any and all affected plumbing," said Dr. Nathan McCann, Ridgefield's superintendent.

The district expects to receive a written report with the lead testing results in the next day, which will be posted at ridgefieldsd.org.

Many districts in the Portland area and southwest Washington began testing for lead after elevated levels were found in the water at schools in Portland.  

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