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13 Tacoma schools now found 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 schools officials say ongoing reviews of old water quality tests have revealed another elementary school with unsafe levels of lead in certain sources of drinking water.

A news release late Thursday said 2015 tests at Stanley Elementary show two water fixtures — which can be faucets, drinking fountains or other water sources — had slightly above acceptable levels of lead.

Stanley is the 13th elementary school in the district to have unsafe levels of lead in drinking water in tests done between 2013 and this year. The district has reviewed old tests from 22 schools and plans to retest all of its schools within a month.

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.

Schools with drinking water restrictions:
Birney
Point Defiance
DeLong
Madison
Manitou Park
Mann
Reed
Stanley
Whitman
Whittier
Browns Point
Downing
Larchmont

Schools without drinking water restrictions:
Arlington
Crescent Heights
Grant
Franklin
Blix
Boze
Bryant
Edison
Fawcett

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