- Associated Press - Friday, April 22, 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) - Washington officials are arranging lead poisoning tests for students after elevated lead levels were discovered in water at three elementary schools.

Public school officials and the Department of Energy and Environment are contacting parents at Miner Elementary School, Payne Elementary School and Capitol Hill Montessori School to coordinate testing for potential lead poisoning.

City council member David Grosso on Thursday asked the agency to test all water sources for lead, noting that the process would take about 90 days to complete.

Department of General Services spokesman Kenneth Diggs says the agency tests all water fountains annually for possible lead contamination. He says that if elevated lead levels are discovered, the agency will shut off the water supply, install a filter or replace the pipes, and retest the waters.


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