Water Shut Off To Detroit Schools After Tests Reveal Kids Drinking Dangerous Levels of Lead

Saturday, September 1, 2018
By Paul Martin

Water Is being cut off to Detroit schools because the water kids were drinking was found to contain dangerous amounts of lead.

By John Vibes
September 1, 2018

This week, Detroit Public Schools announced that they will be shutting off drinking water for all 106 schools in the district, after more than half of them tested for dangerous levels of lead and copper.

Superintendent Nikolai Vitti told parents in an email this Tuesday that his office began testing all of the schools his spring, and found that 16 out of 24 of the first schools tested had levels that were far too high for safe consumption.

“Although we have no evidence that there are elevated levels of copper or lead in our other schools (over 50) where we are awaiting test results, out of an abundance of caution and concern for the safety of our students and employees, I am turning off all drinking water in our schools until a deeper and broader analysis can be conducted to determine the long-term solutions for all schools,” the email stated.

The city’s water and sewage department said that they will be providing water for the students until the municipal water supplies are suitable for consumption.

“The Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) and the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) want to assure Detroit residents and customers of GLWA’s regional system that they are not affected by the lead and copper issues that the Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) is experiencing. Aging school infrastructure (i.e. plumbing) is the reason for the precautionary measure of providing bottled water. The treated drinking water provided by GLWA and distributed by DWSD not only meets, but surpasses all federal and state Safe Drinking Water Act regulations for quality and safety. The water at GLWA’s treatment plants is tested hourly and DWSD has no lead service lines connected to any DPSCD building,” the agency said in a statment.

Flint, Detroit and other areas of Michigan might get most of the attention with lead-contaminated water, but this is a problem affecting the entire country.

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