Howell Public Schools Water Testing Update

Howell Public Schools Water Testing Update
Posted on 03/21/2016

Howell Public Schools continues to conduct water testing in its buildings to ensure that students and staff have access to safe drinking water. The district began water testing last month in light of the recent water crisis in Flint. Working with the City of Howell and MHOG the district is testing for lead contaminated water. Water samples are being collected in accordance with the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) guidelines for water testing in schools.

Recently the district received the new fixtures for Northwest Elementary. These new fixtures will replace the ones that showed elevated lead levels. The Howell Public Schools Operations Department will begin replacing these fixtures the week of March 21. Once the fixtures are replaced, another round of water testing will be conducted.

In test results from Hutchings Elementary School, Howell High School, the Howell High School Field House and Howell Aquatics Center all but one sample showed either no detection of lead or results well under the EPA’s action level. The one fixture that returned results above the EPA’s action level was in a maintenance room at the Howell High School Field House, which is a nonpublic consumption point. This fixture will be replaced.

Samples are scheduled to be taken at the Howell High School Freshman Campus, Highlander Way Middle School, Voyager Elementary and Parker Middle School during the week of March 21.

Three Fires Elementary School is the only Howell Public Schools building not served by a municipal water source. Instead, Three Fires Elementary’s water source is a Type II Non-community Well located on the grounds of the school. Because Three Fires’ water source is a well, the district is required by the state and county health department to conduct water sampling every three years. Since its opening in 2002, water tests have showed no detection of lead from any fixture at Three Fires.

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