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How Dangerous is Lead in Houston School Drinking Water?

Environment Texas, an Austin-based environmental advocacy group, recently gave Texas a failing grade on keeping drinking water safe in public school districts. In a report from the group released late last month, they noted that 65 percent of Texas schools tested have measured unsafe levels of lead. And HISD is included in that bunch, having […]

Photo: Michael Hagerty, Houston Public MediaEnvironment Texas, an Austin-based environmental advocacy group, recently gave Texas a failing grade on keeping drinking water safe in public school districts.

In a report from the group released late last month, they noted that 65 percent of Texas schools tested have measured unsafe levels of lead. And HISD is included in that bunch, having conducted lead testing on all of the elementary schools in the district over the latter half of 2016.

Houston Matters producer Joshua Zinn talks with Luke Metzger, the director of Environment Texas, about the report and what steps they believe the state and its school districts should take.

Then Zinn speaks with HISD’s Brian Busby about how the district is conducting its lead testing and how HISD hopes to address the issue of unsafe water, should it appear.

(Photo: Michael Hagerty, Houston Public Media)

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