Vt. health officials pushing school water lead tests

MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) A voluntary pilot project is testing for lead at schools across Vermont.

The Vermont Health Department and other agencies are working to test water used for drinking or cooking at 16 schools. It's part of an effort to encourage schools to test drinking water for lead at each tap used for drinking or cooking.

Vermont Natural Resources Secretary Julie Moore says any taps found to have lead levels above the acceptable level will be taken out of service.

Schools that get their drinking water from municipal water systems were invited to take part in this voluntary effort. Over the next few months, officials will visit each school and take samples, which will be sent to the Health Department Laboratory for testing, at no cost.