Review details high lead levels in schools water

Oct 9, 2018

A review of water testing results at Detroit public schools found that one school had more than 54 times the allowable amount of lead under federal guidelines while another exceeded the regulated copper level by nearly 30 times.

The Detroit News reports it reviewed hundreds of pages of water reports for 57 Detroit Public Schools Community District buildings that had elevated levels of lead and/or copper in the water. Detroit officials believe old fixtures could be to blame for the contamination in schools, where water coolers and bottled water are being provided .

Superintendent Nikolai Vitti says hydration stations "will ensure there is no lead or copper in all water consumed by students and staff." Vitti on Tuesday is discussing long-term plans to fix water issues with the district's board.