BURLINGTON, Vt. — The Vermont Health Department and other agencies are working to test water for lead at each tap used for drinking or cooking at 16 schools across the state.

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

The department says the schools that get their drinking water from municipal water systems were invited to take part in this voluntary effort. All agreed to participate.

The pilot project is being launched in partnership with the agencies of Education and Natural Resources.

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 to the schools.

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