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Testing finds more elevated lead levels at Oregon university

Associated Press

PORTLAND – Oregon Health & Science University has shut three more drinking fountains due to high lead levels.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reported that the university has now closed nine fountains total, with the most recent one shutting off Thursday.

That drinking fountain was located at the Russell Street Dental Clinic in North Portland. The other fountains found to have elevated lead levels are on the university’s main campus and in southwest Portland.

OHSU is still awaiting results from 84 fountains and faucets.

The recent testing is the first time the university has conducted widespread lead testing of its water and follows reports about high lead levels at Portland Public Schools.

A spokeswoman says the university is working on a long-term plan to test water fixtures on a regular basis.

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