Roughly 80 elementary schools across the state have not completed lead testing on drinking water.
The Nevada Independent reports the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection is administering the voluntary tests as part of a federal grant awarded in 2016.
By January 2018, only about 50 percent of eligible elementary schools had conducted lead screenings.
An audit about how the EPA funding has been used was presented to the legislative commission last week. Nevada law does not require public water systems to test for lead within a school district’s facilities.
Lead contamination often occurs close to the delivery point if the piping around water fixtures such as drinking water or sinks contained lead and corroded.