Michigan Department of Environment Quality tests lead levels at Flint schools

MDEQ tests water at Freeman Elementary.

Officials from the Michigan Department of Environment Quality say they're starting the re-testing of water in Flint schools at Freeman Elementary for a reason.

"We began with a screening test of all the schools to see what the baseline lead levels were," said MDEQ spokesperson Karen Tommasulo. "We're starting here because we got one result that was unusually high."

That result was more than three times higher than any other school in the city of Flint.

"They're going to go through every single drinking fountain and every single faucet in the school," Tommasulo said. "And they'll be taking multiple samples at each tap."

Flint superintendent Bilal Tawwab issued a statement saying:

"This testing is a critical step to making sure our water is safe for our children so they can learn in a healthy environment. We are committed to continuing our collaboration with the MDEQ and all stakeholders to make sure our schools have safe drinking water."

The district says for weeks now, water has been shut off in Flint Community Schools.

"If the results come back high, it just depends on what they are and where they are in the school," Tommasulo said. "It could involve things like replacing things like drinking fountains. Or just replacing things like a section of the plumbing."

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