Howell Public Schools has completed testing the water for lead in
each of its buildings. Water tests from the district’s 11 school
buildings confirm that Howell students and staff have access to safe
drinking water across the district. The district began this process to
be proactive after the water crisis in Flint came to light.
testing at Challenger Elementary, Hutchings Elementary, Southeast
Elementary, Southwest Elementary, Voyager Elementary, Three Fires
Elementary, Highlander Way Middle School, the Howell High School
Freshman Campus and Howell High School showed no detection of lead or
levels well below the EPA’s action level.
Test results from Parker
Middle School showed no detection of lead from fixtures that students
access for drinking water. A fixture in the school’s boiler room that is
rarely used and only accessible to Howell Public Schools maintenance
staff did show elevated levels of lead. As a precaution, that fixture
will be replaced.
The initial test results from Northwest
Elementary did show elevated levels of lead. It was found that older
fixtures in the building were the source of these elevated levels. The
district replaced those fixtures and conducted another round of water
testing. In follow-up testing, all but one fixture showed no detection
of lead. A Northwest Elementary kitchen did return a result of 0.016/16
parts per billion, which is slightly above the Environmental Protection
Agency’s (EPA) action level of 0.015/15 parts per billion. Upon
receiving these results, a second round of tests that included both
first draw and flush draw samples were taken from that fixture. In the
second round of testing both the first draw and flush draw returned
results well below the EPA’s action level of 0.015/15 parts per billion.
The first draw sample returned results of 0.006/6 parts per billion,
and the flush draw returned results of 0.005/5 parts per billion. In
following EPA guidelines, the district has implemented a flushing
program for this fixture. Flushing involves running water through the
faucet every morning before school begins to remove water that has been
standing in the interior pipes. The Livingston County Health Department
has confirmed that this is an effective means to address this issue.
Since only Northwest Elementary staff have access to this faucet, the
district is confident that daily flushing before use will occur.