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All HISD schools to be tested for lead in water

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(THE ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE)

HOUSTON – The Houston Independent School District has begun random lead testing amid national concerns about lead in municipal water supplies.

The district said it tested five schools selected at random in March: Wharton Dual Language Academy, Hogg Middle School, Henderson Elementary School, Mickey Leland College Preparatory Academy for Young Men and McReynolds Middle School. It reported that the lead levels in all samples were within acceptable standards.

The district said it plans to test the drinking water for lead at all elementary schools during the 2016-17 school year. All middle schools will be tested the following school year and any remaining schools will be tested in the 2018-19 school year.

The testing schedule, along with the results, will be on the district's website.

The district said Xenco Laboratories, a third-party company, will be performing the testing. The company is in compliance with National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Conference standards.


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