- Associated Press - Sunday, February 12, 2017

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - The water going to Maine schools is tested and safe, but the water quality inside schools is largely unknown.

A voluntary state program is covering the cost of analyzing the lead content of up to 10 water samples from each school.

The federal Lead and Copper Rule doesn’t require water utilities to test for lead in schools, and most schools in Maine haven’t had their water tested for lead yet.

Interested water utilities and schools can contact the state’s health and environmental testing laboratory before May 31. The lab will send out sampling kits that include prepaid postage labels for shipping kits to the laboratory for analysis.

Depending on the results, schools may also have to pay for additional tests.

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