Nearly 25% of water fixtures at MCPS closed due to lead contamination

One in every four water faucets in Missoula County Public Schools buildings has been turned off after test results indicated the water they produced contained high levels of lead.

All buildings in the district submitted samples for testing from every water fixture that produces consumable water, including sinks and drinking fountains. Any fixture in the district that yielded a lead concentration greater than 5 parts per billion has been closed and blocked off with plastic wrap, according to administration.