Howell Public Schools Begins Water Testing to Ensure Student Safety

Howell Public Schools Begins Water Testing to Ensure Student Safety
Posted on 02/18/2016

In light of the water crisis in Flint, Howell Public Schools began a water testing program in each of its 11 school buildings. The district has received test results from four of its buildings and expects to have the results for the remaining seven buildings in the near future.

“The safety of our students and staff is always one of our top priorities,” said Erin MacGregor, Howell Public Schools, superintendent. “We began water testing with our older elementary schools and will continue to test each building in the district.”

Test results from Southeast, Southwest and Challenger elementary schools came back as “lead safe” and within the Environmental Protection Agency’s acceptable levels. At Northwest Elementary, two test sites showed elevated lead levels. The district will be immediately placing portable water coolers at Northwest for student and staff use as it works to locate the problem. A second round of water tests will be conducted Friday, Feb. 19 to verify or disprove the original water test results.

“We are taking the elevated levels at Northwest very seriously. We will be conducting a second more extensive round of testing with representatives from the City of Howell and their experts and have asked that the test results be expedited. The second round of testing will either verify the test results or disprove them,” said MacGregor. “If the second round of testing shows that we do indeed have elevated levels, we will immediately begin working to identify and correct the problem. The water coolers will remain in place until we receive test results that are within safe levels.”

Howell Public Schools has sent a communication to all parents regarding this issue and the ongoing water testing. A copy of the letter can be viewed below.

Northwest Elementary Water Test Results Parent Letter 2.18.15 (PDF file - 413.9kb)

Northwest Elementary Water Test Results Parent Letter 2.19.16 (PDF file - 418.2kb)



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