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Safe Lead Levels in Majority of Bend Parks Facilities

BEND, OR -- During recent testing, Bend Parks and Recreation District found higher than acceptable lead levels in a small number of water fixtures at its facilities. Tests were ordered due to publicity around high lead levels at a number of Portland-area schools. 


Click HERE to read more on Bend-La Pine Schools testing.


Bend Parks and Rec tested more than 150 water fixtures for the presence of lead and copper and found most facilities had results under the EPA and Oregon Health Authority’s recommended levels. Seven fixtures tested above that level for lead, but the district says none are primary drinking water sources and are infrequently used. 
Those sites include several exterior hose bibs, an umpire shower at Genna Stadium and a janitor sink inside the former district administration building. Officials say follow-up testing shows the lead is within the fixture, not the infrastructure. 
Those working in affected buildings have been notified and the district is working to replace all seven fixtures. 

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