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SPS is testing for lead in all 54 of its schools SPS is testing for lead in all 54 of its schools
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Lead in the water is a hot button in Washington, especially after testing showed several schools in Tacoma had too much in its water.

Spokane Public Schools is getting ahead of the curve, and tested the water in all 54 of its buildings for lead.

Too much lead has been linked to all kinds of health problems and a recent study by the Department of Health puts Spokane in the high-risk category.

Lisa Harkness, a parent, says the issue of lead in water is on her mind quite a bit.

“I'm very concerned about water. I actually have a purification system (in her home). It puts good things in. takes the bad things out. I'm willing to pay that extra to have better water.”

So hearing that SPS is testing the water, she says, “I think it's important to test it. We need to watch out for our kids.”

She learned how lead poisoning could lead to neurological issues in kids.

“I had my son tested not because of the school, but just for his well-being and welfare. I think it should be something a parent should be aware of.”

The last time Spokane Public Schools tested its water was in 2000. None of those tests came back with elevated levels.

The district says if the tests show issues this time, they will mitigate them. The results are expected to come back in two weeks.

In the meantime, SPS says parents should not be concerned about kids drinking the water at school.

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