This spring, Vitti ordered all schools to be tested after tests in 2016 found elevated levels of metals. Initial results for 24 schools returned last week found 16 that were higher than acceptable, he said in the emailed letter. All water sources including drinking fountains and sinks have been tested. Water is still available for hand washing and toilet flushing.
"Although in our other schools (over 50) where we await test results, we have no evidence of elevated levels of copper or lead, out of caution and concern for the safety of our students and employees, I shut down all the drinking water in our schools until a deeper and more comprehensive analysis can be made to determine the long-term solutions for all schools, "Vitti said Wednesday morning via email.
The detailed test results were not immediately available
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Michigan's largest school district is facing water conservation problems as it is destroying $ 530 million worth of capital improvements to school buildings that are almost in need.
The city of Detroit also plans to work with charter schools on similar water tests that it may sponsor, but not commissioned, city spokesman John Roach Crains
"We will support (Vitti) in an advisory capacity through the health department, and the (Detroit Water and Wastewater Department) has offered to work with the district on all follow-up tests that need to be done, "Roach said in an email statement. "We fully support the approach (Vitti) of testing all water sources within the DPS schools and delivering bottled water until the district can implement a plan to make sure all the water is safe."
The Detroit Schools Test results are expected to be posted on the school district website and on the city's website. Vitti said letters will be sent to students when the school year starts next week and parents are immediately notified via a robo-call system. Teachers reported working on Monday.
The City Water Department and the Regional Water Authority issued a statement on Wednesday afternoon to assure their customers that the water they provide is safe.
"The Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) and Detroit The Water and Wastewater Authority (DWSD) would like to assure Detroit residents and customers the GLWA regional system that they are aware of the lead and copper problems of the Detroit Public Schools Community District ( DPSCD) are not affected, "it says in a statement. "Age-related school infrastructure (such as aqueducts) is the reason for the provision of mineral water as a precaution: drinking water supplied by DWSD and distributed by DWSD not only complies with federal and state drinking water regulations, but surpasses them Water in the GLWA treatment plants is tested every hour, and the DWSD has no connections to any DPSCD building. "
The organizations said they will assist the Detroit school district when needed.
The 16 schools where elevated levels of lead and / or copper were detected in the last round of testing for 24 schools, according to Vitti's letter:
- Academy of America's Elementary and Middle School
- Adult Education- East
- Bates Academy
- Bennett Elementary and Middle School
- Cass Technical High School
- Roberto Clemente Elementary School
- Clippert Elementary School
- Coleman Elementary School
- Davis Eros Tempo @ Golightly
- Dixon Academy [ForeignLanguageImmersion
- Hutchinson @ Howe
- Noble Elementary Middle School
- Marcus Garvey
- Renaissance High School
Lead is a neurotoxin that can damage the child's brain development, causing behavioral problems and make adults sick. Copper can cause gastrointestinal distress, and long-term exposure can damage the liver or kidneys.