4 Flint schools have elevated lead levels in water

Associated Press

Flint — Testing in the last months of 2017 found that four schools and care facilities in Flint had elevated levels of lead in their water.

State officials in Michigan found that 98.5 percent of locations sampled were at or below the 15 parts per billion federal threshold for lead. Flint Community Schools didn’t grant the state access to its facilities.

The testing was completed by the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs and the Department of Environmental Quality, The Flint Journal reported . The agencies tested water at 63 of 78 schools, day care centers and elder care facilities in the city in November and December.

New Standard Academy, St. John Vianney School, Summerfield Community School and the Michigan School for the Deaf each had one location that tested at about the threshold level.

Officials will conduct further investigations at those locations to help each site determine the proper corrective action to take, said Tiffany Brown, a Department of Environmental Quality spokeswoman.

“This may include ensuring regular water use at those locations to eliminate excessive stagnation periods or it may include other remedies such as removing the unit from service if it is not actively used,” she said. “It is anticipated that follow-up sampling will be done within the next month.”

Flint Community Schools Superintendent Bilal Tawwab said discussions between the agency and his schools regarding the testing are ongoing.

Tawwab said he wants the state to agree to a detailed plan for long-term lead and bacteria testing before the department can begin testing.