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State-mandated testing finds lead in water at two dozen local schools; Baltimore, Howard counties will test this year

State-mandated testing finds lead in water at two dozen local schools; Baltimore, Howard counties will test this year

Water at two dozen schools across the Baltimore region was found to contain elevated levels of lead during tests mandated by a new state law.

But schools in Baltimore and Howard counties won’t be tested until the upcoming school year — theirs are among 618 schools across the state where administrators have asked for more time to conduct the testing, state officials said.

While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there is no safe level of lead exposure, the Environmental Protection Agency recommends water be shut off at any faucet where lead levels exceed 20 parts per billion.

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