Lead in water at Wright Elementary School

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Lead in water at Wright Elementary School

8:03 p.m. PDT August 5, 2016

Five faucets and one drinking fountain at Wright Elementary School in Salem have tested above the action level for lead, school district officials said Friday.

There were no results above the action level for copper.

The Salem-Keizer Public School’s action level of 15 parts per billion (ppb) for lead is stricter than the level set by the EPA of 20 ppb.

One faucet’s level was as high as 59 ppb.

These locations have been taken out of service and labeled, said Jay Remy, a spokesperson for the district.

He said parents would be notified later Friday and told how to access the reports online at www.salkeiz.k12.or.us.

The TRC Environmental Corporation has been directed to have additional samples for these six locations analyzed.

Contact Natalie Pate at npate@StatesmanJournal.com, 503-399-6745 or follow on Twitter @Nataliempate or http://www.Facebook.com/nataliepatejournalist

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Natalie Pate

Natalie Pate is the education reporter for the Statesman Journal in Salem, Oregon. Natalie has previously worked for organizations and publications such as Direct Relief International, Waging Non-Violence, and Amnesty International USA. She has had stories published with USA Today, Associated Press and Ozy, among others. Natalie earned her B.A. in Politics and French and Francophone Studies (FFS) from Willamette University. During her studies, she wrote a Politics thesis titled, "No One is Dying: How and Why the U.S. Federal Government Avoids Executing Prisoners on Federal Death Row" and an FFS thesis, in French, on cannibalism in the 16th and 17th centuries. Natalie is a journalist, performer, traveler, fiction writer and more. She is working to publish her dystopian novella, "Choice," which follows a man during 24 hours in solitary confinement for allegedly committing murder. For more information on Natalie visit www.about.me/natalie_pate, like her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/nataliepatejournalist, or follow Natalie on Twitter (@Nataliempate) or Tumblr (Nataliempate blog "In the Shoes of a Journalist"). Her reporting with the Statesman Journal can also be found at www.StatesmanJournal.com.

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