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04 / 25 / 2017
  - 06:44:02 AM
Lead a Concern in Some Local Schools

By MyFM's Rick Michaels - Schools in more than 150 cities and towns across the state tested water fixtures for lead and copper with 61-percent of the schools revealing lead and copper levels ”above” the action level. That triggers additional testing, education and treatment.  As part of a Department of Environmental Protection program, school districts take samples of their taps and fountains and submit them to the state.  The most recent sample results shows Medway schools with both lead and copper above the action level except for the High School with just copper above action level.  Hopedale Junior-Senior High School and Holliston’s Adams Middle School have both lead and copper above action level.  Same for all schools in Hopkinton, except for Hopkins Elementary with only copper above action level.  The test results released by the DEP are gathered voluntary participation under the State Clean Water Trust or by samplings from local community public water systems.  Some schools may be in the process of taking action to address the problem.  The Centers for Disease Control says exposure to lead can cause behavior problems and learning disabilities in young children and can also effect the health of adults.