- Associated Press - Friday, June 10, 2016

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Officials say elevated levels of lead have been detected in water fixtures in five schools near Olympia.

The Olympian reports (http://bit.ly/1XLM3Wx ) that the North Thurston Public School District said in a press release Thursday that it found lead in sinks, faucets and drinking water fountains.

The lead was found at Meadows, Evergreen Forest and Mountain View elementary schools, Aspire Middle School and North Thurston High School.

District spokeswoman Courtney Schrieve says families and staff members at those schools have been notified and the affected water fixtures have been shut off. She says bottled water will be provided.

Water quality tests start by looking at lead accumulation in stagnant water. If the lead level is high enough, the fixtures are shut off and require follow-up testing.

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Information from: The Olympian, http://www.theolympian.com

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