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Water shut off at five more Beaverton schools

Precaution taken before testing because the elementary schools have older pipes

The Beaverton School District has shut off the water in five older elementary schools as a precaution while it investigates whether any more of its buildings have lead-tainted water.

District officials identified schools with water systems that date before a 1986 lead ban that have copper pipes and potentially lead solder.

The affected elementary schools are Elmonica, Errol Hassell, Greenway, Hazeldale and Rock Creek.

In each case, they will turn off all standard drinking fountains and put warning signs on combined faucet-drinking fountain fixtures located in some classrooms.

The district will provide bottled water dispensers in all classrooms, gyms, cafeterias and other areas around the school buildings.

Spokeswoman Maureen Wheeler said district officials don't have evidence that there is lead in the drinking water at any of these elementary schools but made the decision to shut off the supply based on the age of plumbing pipes and components.

All district facilities, including these schools, will be systematically tested for lead in the water over the coming few weeks, officials announced June 2.

Testing did uncover elevated lead levels in some of the samples taken last month from Highland Park Middle School, where students and staff also are drinking bottled water until those pipes can be replaced in 2017.

The district also has added a water quality page to its website that links to various resources and will offer updates on water testing results and responses.