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Dallas district to test water for lead at schools

Posted September 15

— The Dallas school district says it will start testing water for lead at all its campuses by Oct. 1.

The Dallas Morning News reports (http://bit.ly/2cMKEhQ ) the testing comes after the district learned many of its water fountains were made by the same manufacturers who supplied schools in nearby Fort Worth.

Earlier this summer, the Fort Worth school district said it was replacing 500 fountains after finding high lead levels in nearly three dozen elementary schools.

Christopher Gray, the Dallas school district's director of environmental health and safety, says officials aren't sure if the district has the same type of fountains as Fort Worth but they decided to test them.

Dallas has about 3,100 water fountains at its 228 campuses. The district will conduct random testing of fountains made before 2008.

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