Hawaii schools found to have high levels of lead in tap water
Thirteen public schools on the Big Island were found to have elevated levels of lead in their tap water, state agencies announced.
As part of a nationwide initiative called the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation, the state Departments of Education, Health and Human Service have tested the lead levels of drinking water sources at 58 schools and 70 child care facilities in Hawaii, Maui and Kauai counties throughout this year.
Of those, 22 schools and 27 child care facilities were on the Big Island. And although none of those child care centers have had elevated lead levels in their water, 13 of the Big Island schools had higher-than-acceptable lead levels in at least one water tap.
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