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Lead Fixes Almost Finished For Salem-Keizer School District


Empty water bottles waiting to be recycled line the counter behind fourth grader Patrick Garcia at Valley Inquiry Charter School in Salem on Wednesday, March 16, 2016. The school district started providing the charter school with bottled water in March 2015, after the school struggled with copper and lead contaminants in their water supply for several years.

Empty water bottles waiting to be recycled line the counter behind fourth grader Patrick Garcia at Valley Inquiry Charter School in Salem on Wednesday, March 16, 2016. The school district started providing the charter school with bottled water in March 2015, after the school struggled with copper and lead contaminants in their water supply for several years.

Molly J. Smith/Statesman Journal

The Salem-Keizer School District has almost finished fixing fountains and faucets that produced water with high lead levels during testing last summer.

Only a few water outlets will remain under renovation when school starts Sept. 5, and they’ll be blocked from use, said Joel Smallwood, the district’s construction and maintenance manager.

“We’re in that final crunch down to school starting,” he said.

In June 2016, Oregon health and education officials asked school districts throughout the state to test fixtures for lead, following the discovery of high levels in water in Flint, Michigan, and in some Oregon schools.

Read more at the Statesman Journal.

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