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EVSC tests lead levels in schools

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The Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation says water fixtures in all of its school buildings have been tested for lead. 

In a news release, the EVSC says it took part in a voluntary state program to identify any water fixtures with lead content that exceed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s “action level” of 15 parts per billion.

The release says tests of the more than 1500 fixtures showed 96 percent of them fell within the safe lead-level range, well below the EPA recommended action level.

Officials said the remaining fixtures have been replaced, repaired, or taken out of service.

Superintendent David Smith said when the opportunity to participate in the program presented itself, the school district decided it wanted to ensure its water fixtures were safe for students and staff.

Smith said the EVSC Office of Facilities worked closely with the Indiana Finance Authority on the project.