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Tests show elevated lead levels at some Albuquerque schools

June 5, 2019

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Testing results show elevated levels of lead were found in some fountains and sinks at Albuquerque elementary schools.

The Albuquerque Journal reported Wednesday that Albuquerque Public Schools started receiving test results last month after submitting water samples from 69 schools to state agencies beginning in April.

District Chief Operations Officer Scott Elder said about 5% of the more than 800 sinks and water fountains tested were above the federal threshold for lead.

He says the district replaced the faucets or fixtures where high lead was found. The district is waiting for results after retesting these sites.

Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority spokesman David Morris says the lead problem is with the school fixtures and not the water supply.

The 69 schools tested were built before 1990.

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Information from: Albuquerque Journal, http://www.abqjournal.com

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