Elevated lead levels found at six Battle Ground schools

BATTLE GROUND, Wash. - Battle Ground Public Schools reported Monday that it had received initial test results indicating elevated levels of lead in water at some sources on six campuses. 
Some samples from Amboy Middle, Captain Strong Primary, Chief Umtuch Middle, Maple Grove School, Yacolt Primary, and the Lewisville campus were found to have lead contents above the federal Environmental Protection Agency's recommended limit for lead of 15 parts per billion, the district reported in a news release. 
The district said that it had taken immediate action to prohibit drinking from sources that tested above recommended limits for lead. 
The district has shut off water sources that showed elevated levels of lead and is changing those fixtures. 
Following replacement of the fixtures, the district plans to conduct follow-up testing according to federal guidelines.
The district said it will work with the principals at each of the impacted buildings to make appropriate accommodations to make sure students have adequate access to drinking water. 
To be thorough, Battle Ground Public Schools conducted testing at every source of drinkable water across the district. The district drew samples from more than 2,000 sources, following federal recommended guidelines for testing. 
The results the district has received to date represent approximately 20 percent of the more than 2,000 samples. The district will address additional results as it receives them. 


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