TIGARD, Ore. – The administrators at a Tigard elementary school have notified parents of lead in the water, years after the district began testing it.
Faculty at Templeton Elementary School said the school district started testing the water after a report of discoloration two years ago. The lead in the school water exceeded the standard levels 11 different times during sample testing, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
At its highest point, the water was found to contain lead four times higher than the standard amount.
Templeton parents said they don't understand why administrators waited to tell parents about the lead levels.
“Let me know that there was a problem or could be a problem,” said Kristi Kletzel. “I would love to have known ahead of time.”
District officials said they thought they were taking the right course of action.
“I think we believed we were solving the problem,” said Susan Stark Haydon of the Tigard-Tualatin School District. “Obviously parents want to know and make a choice if they believe we are solving the problem. So we probably should have said something then.”
While the school looks for long-term solutions, it has turned off the water fountains and urged students to drink bottled water instead.