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New PPS lead level results prompt parent concern

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Portland Public Schools received a lot of flack Tuesday night after they rolled out the new results for lead levels in their water systems.

Some levels on the charts showed far beyond the normal limits.

At Jefferson High School, 26 fountains showed above average levels of lead.

Many parents found this new piece of information disconcerting.

"Why did this happen, you know, why was it left so long I don't understand," one parent said.

"Its very disappointing and I'm sure it's indicative of other problems going on within the district," said another parent.

Dina Zadoff is a teacher with Portland Public Schools. She said people are focusing more on the issue at hand than the bigger picture, and what has been going on for years.

"It really means that these buildings have been neglected, and it really means the resources haven't been there to keep up," Zadoff said.

Looking at some of the highest numbers, a faucet sink at Jefferson High tested 604 times the federal limit. A boys bathroom at Peninsula Elementary and one at Chapman Elementary, both were 534 times the federal limit. Lastly, the boys bathroom at Hosford Middle School was 166 times the normal limit.

The school district said they will provide bottled water at the affected schools until new plumbing can be installed.

Portland Public Schools has been posting the lead results at pps.net.

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