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Some fountains at Beaverton park shut off due to lead-levels

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A sip from a water fountain can be sweet relief on hot summer days in the park, but in some local parks, several of those fountains are turned off because of concerns about lead levels.

While officials said there is no danger to the public, signs on some fountains in Barrows Park in Beaverton explain that the water has been turned off due to lead levels and that repairs are underway.

Officials with Tualatin Hills Parks and Recreation told FOX 12 that all the water fountains in their district parks were tested for lead and that a few exceed the EPA's standards of 15 parts per billion.

They also said several parks are impacted with a handful of fountains in each, though at this time they were only able to confirm the situation at Barrows Park.

Park-goer Taylor Hatcher lives near Barrows Park and said the news doesn't come as much of a surprise.

“(It’s) not really disturbing because we already knew about it, kind of,” Hatcher told FOX 12. “My kids go to school nearby and I know that there was some found, a little bit, in some of the schools."

Parks officials said maintenance crews are working to fix the problem and that all the fountains with elevated lead levels have been shut off, so they are reminding visitors to be sure to pack a water bottle.

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