Elevated levels of lead and copper were found in water at more than a dozen buildings and further tests are required. Exposure to copper can cause gastrointestinal distress, anemia and disrupt liver and kidney functions, according to public health officials. Detroit Public Schools Community District superintendent Nikolai Vitti said „a deeper and broader analysis can be conducted to determine the long-term solutions for all schools.” Water bottles and, as soon as possible, water coolers will be used until the problem could be fixed, Vitti said.
During the indefinite shutoff, the district will have bottled water provided by the Great Lakes Water Authority that will be distributed by the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department. About 50,000 students are enrolled in the district, which operates 110 schools. Parents were being informed about the situation. .Ivy Bailey, president of the Detroit Federation of Teachers, says she’s happy the district has been proactive about the problem. The shut down of water fountains doesn’t apply to charter schools, but Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, intends to initiate “the same level of” water quality testing at those campuses.Water safety is a particularly sensitive issue in Michigan. The replacement of nearly 500,000 lead service lines across the state, is not expected to get underway until 2021.