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Six more Tacoma schools with lead in water, tests show

Donna McNeal, from Orion Environmental Services of Federal Way, Wash., looks up  while letting a faucet run in a classroom at Mann Elementary School in Tacoma Tuesday. McNeal was collecting water samples to test for lead. (David Montesino / Associated Press)
Donna McNeal, from Orion Environmental Services of Federal Way, Wash., looks up while letting a faucet run in a classroom at Mann Elementary School in Tacoma Tuesday. McNeal was collecting water samples to test for lead. (David Montesino / Associated Press)
By Walker Orenstein Associated Press

SEATTLE – Tacoma school officials says a review of previous water quality tests has found six more public elementary schools with unsafe amounts of lead in scattered sources of drinking water.

District officials said Thursday that tests done between 2013 and this year show Birney, Browns Point, Larchmont, Point Defiance, Whitman and Downing elementary schools had between one and five faucets or drinking fountains with water that tested slightly above acceptable levels.

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.

On Tuesday, the district announced four other elementary schools had lead issues in 2015 tests.

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