© 2022 MICHIGAN RADIO
91.7 Ann Arbor/Detroit 104.1 Grand Rapids 91.3 Port Huron 89.7 Lansing 91.1 Flint
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
Education

Detroit public schools to shut off drinking water due to high copper, lead levels

drinking fountain
jasongillman
/
Pixabay
Detroit students will be drinking from bottled water this fall.

Detroit students won't be drinking out of water fountains when school starts next week.

The Detroit Public Schools Community District announced Wednesday that students will be using bottled water after tests showed elevated lead and copper levels at some of the schools.

Non-mandated tests were conducted on all faucets at all schools last spring. High levels of copper and lead were found at 16 schools. As a result, DPSCD Superintendent Nikolai P. Vitti announced he would shut off drinking water at every school.

In a letter, Vitti explained, "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."

Vitti also wrote that Mayor Mike Duggan approved of the decision, and "intends to require all city charter schools to participate in the same level of water testing as we initiated last year." 

The cause of the elevated lead and copper levels was pipes and fixtures in the schools, not the water itself.

Related Content