Detroit Offers Plan to Filter Tainted Public School Water

Members of Detroit’s Board of Education say they want more specifics before deciding whether to approve a plan to address lead and copper contamination in the public school’s water supply.

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Detroit Public Schools Community District Superintendent Nikolai Vitti

Officials shut off the drinking water to all 106 Detroit public school buildings after a significant number of them showed elevated levels of lead or copper in the water supply.

Superintendent Nikolai Vitti ordered that all of the district’s buildings be tested for the contaminants.

And the district placed water coolers in schools just prior to the beginning of classes.

Now Vitti is proposing to put “hydration stations” in each school, systems that filter water after it reaches a building.

He says it is a long-term solution that is relatively cost-effective, with a price tag of about $2 million.

But some Detroit Board of Education members say they want to know more before signing-off on the plan, including the test results of water from all school buildings, the specific cost for the hydration stations and which vendors will be chosen to do the work.

The school system plans to hold several public meetings to offer information about the status of the drinking water.  

Image credit: Sascha Raiyn/WDET

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