Many Oregon school districts are acknowledging they haven’t tested their water for lead, but they are announcing plans to do so. State lawmakers appear ready to mandate such testing in the future.
You might’ve first heard about lead in drinking water from Flint, Michigan. And locally, you probably heard about problems in Portland schools.
But there were similar levels in Salem and at a middle school in Beaverton.
“We actually had a student ask ‘when was the last time you had the drinking fountains tested for lead?’” said Beaverton spokesperson Maureen Wheeler.