Lead found in water at some Vermont schools

A state project to test for lead in the water of selected Vermont schools has found that about half the schools for which the results have come in have at least a few taps and faucets that exceed state and federal limits.

Three state agencies working together — the Department of Health, Department of Environmental Conservation and the Agency of Education — announced the testing initiative last fall with a release that said "Unless you test for it, there's no way of knowing if lead is in drinking water."

"We don't know what is out there in those schools. We don't know exactly what the level of exposure is," said Ben Montross, chief of compliance for the DEC.