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Elevated levels of lead found in Penn State drinking water

Elevated levels of lead were found during routine and then follow-up water testing at three Penn State residential buildings.

If too much lead enters your body, the university said, it can cause serious health problems, particularly to pregnant women, young children and those with kidney problems or high blood pressure. Lead can cause brain and kidney damage. It can also impair red cell production, which carries oxygen in the body.

Penn State detected the issue in the summer during 103 tap water samplings, 13 of which produced elevated levels of lead.

“Additional follow-up testing at the elevated locations indicates all are below the action level except for three apartment buildings — Nittany Apartments 2401, 4303 and 5708,” a release said.

The university said residents should run water to flush out lead, use cold water for cooking and baby formula and to look for alternative sources or treatment of water. Boiling water will not reduce lead. People can also test their water for lead and get their blood tested.