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Newark school system set to test children for lead

Published Thursday March 17

Voluntary lead testing began on Thu in the state’s largest school district after thirty schools were found to have high levels of lead in the water fountains last week. The school district has about 35,000 students.

WHO officials commented the testing started with pupils at 2 early childhood centers, which were among schools where water fountains were shut off on March nine after recent testing found lead levels exceeded the federal safety limit.

Officials earlier this week acknowledged the problem has plagued the district since 2012.

Nearly all the water taps where the highest levels were found are typically not used for drinking or food preparation, the school district said.

Article length: About 320 words.
Tags: City of newark
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