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Tests show 6 more Tacoma schools with lead in water

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Plastic bags were just wrapped around water fountains at several elementary schools in Tacoma after officials just announced that year-old tests showed high levels of lead in water there. (Photo: Q13 News)

SEATTLE (AP) — Tacoma school officials says a review of previous water quality tests has found six more public elementary schools with unsafe amounts of lead in scattered sources of drinking water.

District officials said Thursday that tests done between 2013 and this year show Birney, Browns Point, Larchmont, Point Defiance, Whitman and Downing elementary schools had between one and five faucets or drinking fountains with water that tested slightly above acceptable levels.

The district on Monday informed parents of extraordinarily high levels of lead found at Mann and Reed elementary schools in tests done in May 2015 that went unreported and unfixed.

On Tuesday, the district announced four other elementary schools had lead issues in 2015 tests.