Dallas ISD Orders Water Testing for Lead at All Schools

The Dallas Independent School District confirmed Thursday it will order water tests for all of its campuses with students. The district is specifically interested in the levels of lead in the water.

"Dallas ISD is in the process of developing a district-wide sampling strategy," said district spokeswoman, Robyn Harris, in a statement released to NBC 5. "The collection will provide additional data on the existing water fountain inventory and water quality."

The move comes on the heels of the Fort Worth Independent School District pulling 500 drinking fountains from its campuses after testing showed unacceptable levels of lead in water fountains at 28 of its 116 campuses.

Harris said testing in Dallas is going to be done "out of an abundance of caution."

Last month, complaints prompted water tests at South Oak Cliff High School in the Dallas ISD. Results released Thursday and obtained by reporter Eva-Marie Ayala, at NBC 5's media partner The Dallas Morning News, show lead levels in water fountains were within the acceptable threshold, but a utility sink in one room had high levels of lead. That sink was pulled from service this week.

Erica Miller has several children in Dallas ISD schools.

"If there's lead in the water, that will cause health issues," she said.

Miller said she was happy to hear all schools will be tested.

"That's great," Miller said, as she waited for her sons to finish football practice. "We don't want our kids sick!"

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