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Grand Rapids Public Schools to test drinking water for lead

Oct 13, 2015

The MDEQ is urging all school districts to test the drinking water in schools for lead, especially older buildings that are more likely to have lead pipes
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Grand Rapids Public Schools plans to test the drinking water in its schools  for lead.

The district will start with older buildings first. They are more likely to have lead pipes.

John Helmholdt is Communications Director for Grand Rapids Public Schools. He says the district had already planned to do the testing before high lead levels were found in some Flint homes and school buildings.

"This is all the more reason we should be doing it, having seen what our friends in Flint have gone through," says Helmholdt.

A Detroit Public Schools spokeswoman says the district plans to continue testing for lead on a case-by-case basis, and when water quality is questioned.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is urging all school districts with older buildings to test the tap water for lead.