By Associated Press - Friday, March 4, 2016

HOWELL, Mich. (AP) - Elevated levels of lead have been found at some water fixtures in the historic Livingston County courthouse in Howell.

County Administrator Ken Hinton tells the Livingston Daily Press & Argus of Howell and WHMI-FM that testing revealed a sink on the fourth floor exceeded limits for lead. He says fixtures in a restroom and an unused jury room also had elevated levels.

Affected fixtures are being replaced. Additional testing will be done if needed.

Tests were done on water samples from more than 20 buildings in the county after water samples from Northwest Elementary School in Howell recently were found to have unsafe levels of lead. The review comes amid Flint’s crisis with lead-tainted water.

Lead can leach into water at old fixtures or pipes joined by lead solder.

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