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Old pipes, like these from Galesburg, Ill. have lead to tainted water in Mass. (Seth Perlman/AP)
Old pipes, like these from Galesburg, Ill. have lead to tainted water in Mass. (Seth Perlman/AP)

Two Boston Public School employees are on administrative leave as officials work to figure why some school water fountains were activated before water testing was finished.

The mistake could have exposed children to lead at eight different schools, including Mather Elementary, Lee K-8, Curley K-8 and Another Course to College. Phone calls are being made to families.

What does this mean for the students who drank from the fountains? And does it indicate bigger problems with lead in Boston area water?

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Dr. Maitreyi Mazumdar, staff physician in pediatric neurology at Boston Children's Hospital and professor of environmental health at Harvard Medical School. She tweets @MaitreyiMaz.

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The Boston Globe: Boston Students May Have Drunk Lead-Tainted Water

  • "Boston school officials plan to notify parents at four schools that their children may have drunk water tainted with lead from drinking fountains that were mistakenly turned on before water testing was complete."

The Boston Globe: 2 Boston School Staffers Put On Leave Amid Lead-Tainted Water Probe

  • "Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh said Thursday two city school employees have been placed on administrative leave as officials investigate why fountains in some schools were mistakenly turned on before water testing was complete, potentially exposing children to water tainted with lead."

This segment aired on May 5, 2016.

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