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Banned 40 years ago, lead paint is still poisoning our children

Shirking responsibility for preventing lead poisoning is both morally and economically obtuse.

A water cooler in a classroom at the Mary Curley K-8 school in Jamaica Plain.

Some Boston school water fountains get special filters after lead concerns

The installation of the filters has allowed the district to reactivate drinking fountains that had been shut down because testing showed high lead levels.

Blood tests may underestimate toxic lead levels, regulators warn

Blood tests significantly underestimated lead levels, FDA and CDC warn

Too much contamination flows from tap water, study finds

If you live in the United States, there is a nearly one-in-four chance your tap water is either unsafe to drink or has not been properly monitored for contaminants.

Cutline from Matt Rocheleau:Fenway High School opened in a newly-renovated building this year. Updates to the facility included replacing water pipes, and school officials said that tests of the tap water there have since shown the acceptable lead levels. Tap water is now used for drinking there.(Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff)

State urges more schools to test water for lead, copper

Many schools have shown high levels of contamination, and officials want schools to sign up for funding to test their water.

Why some water samples from Massachusetts schools show very high lead levels

Alarmingly high levels of lead were found in a small number of samples of water drawn from drinking fountains inside Massachusetts schools.

Chart: The highest lead levels found at Mass. schools

These graphics show where the worst samples where found and other results of the recent testing.

Table: Mass. schools that failed, passed tests for lead, copper in water

A look at how schools around the state fared on recent water tests.

Among the renovations at Fenway High School in Boston, the water pipes have been replaced. School officials said that tests of tap water there have since shown acceptable lead levels.

High lead levels found in water at hundreds of schools

Water testing at more than 1,000 schools found that a majority had at least one sample with lead levels above regulatory limits. In some cases results were alarmingly high.

ANDOVER

School water fixtures in Andover found to contain lead, copper

Elevated levels of lead were found in broken fixtures at West Elementary School and elevated levels of copper were found in one fixture at Shawsheen Preschool.

The EPA oversees health studies such as ones on Superfund sites.

EPA staff fear cuts to health programs under Trump

Interviews with staffers throughout the EPA underline widespread concern — and some panic — about the fate of environmental health regulation.

In this July 20, 2016 photo, TRC Technician Shawn Contreraz collects lead testing samples from a drinking fountain at Pringle Elementary School in South Salem, Ore. Salem-Keizer School District officials say eight more buildings have been found to have high levels of lead in at least one water source, including the central kitchen where food is prepared for all district schools. (Danielle Peterson/Statesman-Journal via AP)

BROCKTON

Elevated levels of lead, copper found in water at early childhood center

The lead and copper came from plumbing fixtures at the Gilmore Early Childhood Center in Brockton, and not the water supply.

Cutline from Matt Rocheleau:Fenway High School opened in a newly-renovated building this year. Updates to the facility included replacing water pipes, and school officials said that tests of the tap water there have since shown the acceptable lead levels. Tap water is now used for drinking there.(Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff)

Elevated levels of lead and copper found in Easton, Hull, Norwell, and Quincy schools

Statewide, 164 schools have found levels of lead and 76 have found levels of copper above regulatory limits this year.

What parents need to know about lead exposure in Mass. schools

Progress has been made on reducing lead exposure, but it’s still being found in water at schools.

High lead levels found more than 160 school buildings in Mass.

Officials said steps are being taken in those schools to address the issues.

In this July 20, 2016 photo, TRC Technician Shawn Contreraz collects lead testing samples from a drinking fountain at Pringle Elementary School in South Salem, Ore. Salem-Keizer School District officials say eight more buildings have been found to have high levels of lead in at least one water source, including the central kitchen where food is prepared for all district schools. (Danielle Peterson/Statesman-Journal via AP)

Quincy finds unacceptable lead levels at 8 schools

School personnel are putting up signs telling students not to drink the water at certain handwashing sinks and are shutting off some bubblers.

Low-income, minority areas seen as lead poisoning hot spots

Cases of lead poisoning in children tend to be concentrated in communities with more low-income and minority residents, officials said.

What parents need to know about lead exposure

Key information to know about lead exposure, which can be particularly harmful to children.

A list of all of the Boston schools with recent lead concerns

Boston school buildings where at least one drinking fountain was found to have elevated lead levels this summer:

Cutline from Matt Rocheleau:Fenway High School opened in a newly-renovated building this year. Updates to the facility included replacing water pipes, and school officials said that tests of the tap water there have since shown the acceptable lead levels. Tap water is now used for drinking there.(Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff)

Lead found in fountains at 6 more Boston schools

The water fountains have been shut off at the buildings, which house seven schools in total.

Wilmington

Wilmington to replace school water fixtures

Recent tests on 92 school fixtures indicate water from 23 in the West Intermediate, Shawsheen, and Boutwell schools have lead levels at or above safety limits.

BRAINTREE

Braintree’s water passes muster

The town released its annual water quality report in July, showing that the local drinking water met or surpassed all federal and state standards in 2015.

NEWTON

Newton releases corrected lead test results

All of the plumbing fixtures where the elevated lead levels were found will be replaced and retested.

“We want to make sure the cost of remediation is not a barrier for anyone to get this work done,” Mayor Setti Warren said Wednesday.

Water service lines to 641 Newton homes could be made of lead

The city is working on a cost-sharing plan for helping affected homeowners replace the lines.

NEWTON

Newton shuts off park water fountains over lead concerns

The city has turned off bubblers at its public parks after tests found high lead levels of lead at four fountains.

NEWTON

Plumbing to be replaced at Newton’s Burr School

Significant work needs to be done over the summer to eliminate lead from the elementary school’s water supply, according to Superintendent David Fleishman.

Somerville

Two Somerville school water fountains exceed lead levels

Tests found counts above the federal standard at fountains in Somerville High School and the West Somerville Neighborhood School.

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Lead testing procedures ‘have failed our children,’ Newton parents say

Parents question why more wasn’t done after high lead levels were found at Burr Elementary School in 2005 and 2010.

Chart: Lead test results for Mass. schools since 2014

Data from the state Department of Environmental Protection show the results of testing done at 293 different schools and early education centers across 114 cities and towns.

Cutline from Matt Rocheleau:Fenway High School opened in a newly-renovated building this year. Updates to the facility included replacing water pipes, and school officials said that tests of the tap water there have since shown the acceptable lead levels. Tap water is now used for drinking there.(Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff)

Schools in 20 Mass. districts had high lead levels in water

The tests looked at only a small slice of the 7,000 schools and early education centers in the state’s 351 cities and towns.

Newton searches for source of lead in school’s water

Testing will continue at Burr Elementary School until the cause is found, officials said.

More fountains at Newton school found with high lead levels

Five of seven drinking fountains at Burr Elementary exceeded federal standards.

MWRA ‘mistakenly reported’ high lead levels at Brookline schools

The MWRA retracted an earlier report that two water samples exceeded standards.

Boston school panel to review proposals on water policy

The new policy is the result of heightened concerns about lead levels in schools’ water.

Cutline from Matt Rocheleau:Fenway High School opened in a newly-renovated building this year. Updates to the facility included replacing water pipes, and school officials said that tests of the tap water there have since shown the acceptable lead levels. Tap water is now used for drinking there.(Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff)

Experts split over health concerns from lead in schools’ water

Some experts are concerned, others not so much, about the lead-contaminated water found flowing from drinking fountains at Boston schools.

Expert says Boston water fountain plan may have been flawed from start

The city water commission’s top engineer weighs in on issues with lead levels at several public schools.

Water fountain at Newton school contaminated by lead

A drinking fountain at a Newton elementary school has tested “high for lead levels,” officials said.

Less than a third of Boston school buildings still use tap water.

Some Boston school tap water hasn’t been tested for lead in years

Officials are promising to step up testing for hazardous lead contamination at the system’s buildings that still use tap water for drinking.

Chart: Lead test results for Boston schools since 2010

Fifteen school buildings citywide were tested between 2010 and 2015. The following chart shows those test results.

Chart: Which Boston schools use bottled water vs. tap water

Thirty-seven Boston schools use tap water, while 92 are on bottled water.

Advice for using water from lead pipes, plumbing

Here are some tips on how to avoid having lead in your water.

Boston Schools Superintendent Tommy Chang spoke to reporters Monday after a meeting on school water.

Parents still worried about lead in water at city schools

Officials said Monday that children are not in danger after lead was found in water at eight schools.

Five Harvard Business School students collected drinking water samples from 75 businesses, public buildings, civic organizations, and universities in the Boston area in late March.

Startup makes water safety testing cheaper

Clean Water Company lets users purchase $20 strips to test lead levels in tap water and upload the results into a collaborative map.

Officials reject call to shut off school water fountains citywide

School officials in Boston said that all active fountains had been tested in recent weeks and showed no lead levels above regulatory standards.

The new Natick High School opens to the public in Natick, Massachusetts on August 28, 2012.

High lead, copper levels found in water at Natick schools

School district officials say they have addressed the problem and the water is safe to drink.

2 Boston school staffers placed on leave amid probe into lead in water

Officials are investigating why fountains in some schools were mistakenly turned on before water testing was complete.

Boston students may have drunk lead-tainted water

Officials will notify parents at four Boston schools that drinking fountains were turned on before water testing was complete.

Cutline from Matt Rocheleau:Fenway High School opened in a newly-renovated building this year. Updates to the facility included replacing water pipes, and school officials said that tests of the tap water there have since shown the acceptable lead levels. Tap water is now used for drinking there.(Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff)

What you should know about lead in drinking fountains at some Boston schools

Is there harmful lead in the water at your child’s school?

Boston weighs plan to ensure safe drinking water in schools

Under the proposal, the school district would retrofit plumbing in all schools deemed feasible by 2025.

Mass. earmarks $2 million to test for lead in public schools’ water

The money will come from the Mass. Clean Water Trust, a state agency that provides funding for local water-related projects.