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State launches website showing lead test results for water in Oregon schools

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The Oregon Health Authority has launched a website for people to access water testing results for lead in schools statewide.

With increased attention to lead in water in Oregon's public school buildings, Gov. Kate Brown last spring requested the review of existing state programs and for a plan to be created to address lead in school water and other environmental concerns.

"This database is an accessible and transparent resource for augmenting information that school districts are already sharing with their communities," said Rick Crager, ODE assistant superintendent of finance and administration.

The Oregon Health Authority reported the interactive online map is not intended to replace communication with school staff or administrators. Parents and others should direct questions about testing results to their local district.

Schools were not statutorily required to submit test results.

State officials acknowledged that lead testing data is technical and can be difficult to understand, so in addition to a navigable map, they are providing a FAQ to help translate and decipher testing results and a video tutorial for how to use the map.

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