Howell School District moves forward with additional lead testing

Northwest Elementary School

HOWELL, Mich.(WLNS)- The Howell School District is performing additional testing following the discovery of lead at Northwest Elementary School.

“Anytime you have lead in the water and the safety of our kids and our staff is at risk it’s very serious,” said Howell Superintendent Erin MacGregor.

According to the Howell School District, two tests showed elevated lead levels for Northwest Elementary school.

“We are taking immediate steps to make sure students have access to water coolers water bottles at the school,” said MacGregor.

The idea to test Howell schools came from another water crisis not too far away.

“With the things that unfolded in flint we took it upon us as a district to test all of our buildings to confirm to the parents that we have safe drinking water,” said MacGregor.

Matt Bolang with the Livingston County Health Department says the source of lead is likely specific to the fixture….something that’s more common in older buildings like northwest.

“It’s a good idea for the schools to identify where they have older fixtures and replace them or at least sample them to see if they have an issue,” said Bolang.

In fact, there’s no mandate for schools in Michigan when it comes to water testing.

“That’s the thing schools aren’t required to test so the testing was sort of an investigative testing because of what’s going on flint,” said Blolang.

Despite the recent news, Howell Superintendent Erin MacGregor says there’s been positive reception to the district’s decision to test the water supply.

“We have phenomenal parents in the district I think they think we are being proactive in the situation and that we are responding according to the safety of our kids,” said MacGregor.

Click: Letter to parents on Feb. 19, 2016

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