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Extremely elevated levels of lead found at Grant High School

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The latest results of Portland Public School District water testing showed high levels of lead at faucets and fountains at Grant High School.

One sink faucet in Room 237 tested at 57,600 parts per billion of lead. The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) action level is fifteen.

“It would’ve been horrible if someone drunk that,” Dick Reid from Pixis Labs said.

The company analyzed PPS water sample results and say the numbers are alarming. Though Reid adds a temporary solution would be to flush the water prior to use.

A long term solution would be to replace the faucet all together.

Results also show more than 40 water fountains were tested and four showed to have elevated levels of lead.

Grant High School is one of four schools on the list to get new lead-free piping as part of a bond funded renovations. It adds PPS will work to do what remediation it can before the start of the next school year.

An investigation found in the past 15 years the district did not have procedures for testing levels in its drinking water, state and federal laws didn’t regulate it.

Before test results in May showed elevated lead, the district set aside $450,000 for maintenance which included testing of water fixtures.

On the district’s website it has bought over a million bottled waters and sent them to 93 locations for a temporary solution. It also has shut down it’s drinking water systems at schools with high levels of lead.

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