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Oregon To Be More Transparent About Lead In Drinking Water

Molly J. Smith/Statesman Journal
Fourth grader Ava Halverson drinks the last of a water bottle in her classroom at Valley Inquiry Charter School in Salem on Wednesday, March 16, 2016.

Oregon health officials are promising greater transparency around the presence of lead in drinking water, including the location of lead service lines and the results of mandatory tests.

Oregon Health Authority Director Lynne Saxton outlined several steps the state will take in an April 5 letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Saxton was responding to the EPA’s Feb. 29 request of all state regulators for information about how they are complying with federal lead regulations.

In 1985, the state required each Oregon water supplier to submit a schedule for identifying and removing lead service pipes, or to certify that no lead service pipes existed in the system.

Read more at the Statesman Journal.