No health issues for water in schools

The Eatonville and Bethel school districts have no health issues involving lead in drinking-water at their schools, officials said. Both districts reported in May that any lead in the water is within acceptable levels set by health authorities. The districts made their announcements in the wake of news reports about lead in water elsewhere in Washington and other school districts, including Tacoma. John Fisher, manager of facilities and services for the Eatonville School District, said tests for lead in water samples from each of its schools found "very low levels of lead that are well below the acceptable levels. Our water is safe for consumption" for students and school workers. He said the district works with the state Department of Health and the Town of Eatonville "to provide high-quality water." Bethel School District officials said tests of their water found "no issues with lead." "Our water," which comes from several systems, "is safe," they said. The tests were done as an "added safety check," Bethel officials said. The most common source of lead poisoning is from lead-based paint, according to the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department.


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