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Detroit Schools Shut Off Drinking Water Amid Quality Concerns

Tests in 34 schools raised quality concerns, with some showing higher-than-acceptable levels of lead and/or copper.
Posted at 4:58 PM, Aug 29, 2018

Detroit Public Schools are shutting off drinking water this week after several schools tested high for copper, lead or both. 

The school district's superintendent ordered water supply tests in a total 106 buildings earlier this year. So far, tests in 34 schools raised quality concerns. 

AP reports old fixtures, not the water source, are thought to be responsible for the higher-than-acceptable levels of lead and copper.

The Detroit Public School system serves more than 40,000 students. The school year is scheduled to start next week. The superintendent said the tests cover "all water supplies," including drinking fountains and sinks. Water bottles and water coolers are being supplied to schools that tested high.