August 30, 2018

Drinking water to be shut off at Detroit public schools

Crains Detroit - Detroit Public Schools Community District will shut off drinking water at all of its 106 schools after the most recent round of testing found 16 out of 24 schools had elevated levels of lead and/or copper, Superintendent Nikolai Vitti said in an email to staff Tuesday afternoon.

Vitti ordered testing of all schools this spring, after tests in 2016 found elevated levels of the metals. Initial results for 24 schools returned last week found 16 had levels higher than acceptable, he said in the emailed letter. All water sources, including drinking fountains and sinks, were tested. Water is still available for hand washing and toilet flushing.

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