- Associated Press - Thursday, October 20, 2016

BENTON, Maine (AP) - Tests conducted by the Kennebec Water District have found dangerously high levels of lead in water used at a Maine elementary school.

The Morning Sentinel (https://bit.ly/2eJE5xD ) reports that the district tested three sites at Benton Elementary School last week and found results more than 40 times the limit at which action is needed.

The district received the results on Tuesday and notified School Administrative District 49 on Wednesday morning.

Superintendent Dean Baker says Benton Elementary shut down its drinking fountains and told teachers to instruct students to use bottle water dispensers.

Baker says the school is shutting off its water for some time on Thursday.

State Department of Health and Human Services spokeswoman Samantha Edwards says toxicologists are running a risk assessment on the case.

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Information from: Morning Sentinel, https://www.onlinesentinel.com/

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