LAUSD Schools Shut Down Faucets Due to Lead Levels

The Los Angeles Unified School District has shut off 2,000 water faucets and fountains at 660 schools after the water tested for high levels of lead, the Daily News reported.

Just last month, Joel Grover reported  that some district schools had shut off fountains because of the problem of high lead levels. LAUSD officials told Grover that water at all 800 LA schools was being tested and that the testing would be done by April.

The Daily News reported this week that LAUSD officials said acceptable lead levels were found at just 42 schools.

Last year, NBC Los Angeles reported on the district's failure to implement a flushing policy that requires school custodians to run every fountain for 30 seconds each morning to flush out contaminated water. But Gamble told the Daily News that "the 21-year-old flushing policy is now being strictly enforced."

The LAUSD has posted the results of its water tests on its Web site.

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