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District Will Replace Water System At Page Elementary After Finding Elevated Lead Levels

Springfield Schools

District officials plan to replace the underground water system at Page Elementary School in Springfield. Six classrooms were found to have higher-than safe lead levels.

Tests at Page Elementary showed sinks and fountains with lead ranging from 27 to 180 parts per billion. The standard for acceptable amounts of lead in drinking water is 20 parts per billion.
Jenna McCully, spokeswoman for Springfield School District, says the school was built in 1953.
McCulley: “We’ve elected to abandon the old water system. It’s underground. It’s antiquated.  It’s hard to access if there is needed repairs. And instead we’re going to re-plumb and bring it above ground to much more standard and current practices.”
The estimated cost of the plumbing project is $95-thousand. McCulley says the funds will come from the district’s reserves. The goal is to complete the work by the beginning of the school year in September.

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.
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