Clarkston School District’s Response to Lead Testing Inquiry

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(Crystal A. Proxmire, April 27, 2016)

Clarkston, MI – As they see the images of children in Flint lined up to get bottled water or crying over blood tests, people around the country have been wondering about the safety of the water they and their families use on a day to day basis to cook, clean, bathe and drink.  Parents, teachers and advocates have also been calling for testing of the water in schools.

When lead and copper are issues, it is often caused by old pipes or old fixtures.  Even when old fixtures are there, corrosion control in the water helps protect users.  But testing is the best way to know if the protections are working or not.

Pledge_side_blueAfter learning that Oakland Schools had put out an RFP for water testing, the oc115 contacted school districts from throughout Oakland County to find out where they stand on testing.

Wes Goodman, Executive Director of Operations for Clarkston Schools replied “We test all of our buildings that are on a well per Oakland County Health Guidelines. Currently we have three elementary schools on well water:  Andersonville Elementary, Bailey Lake Elementary and Springfield Plains Elementary.”  The most recent test was done in October 2015.  Goodman sent along the results from Andersonville Elementary which showed all lead levels below the EPA guidelines, as well as results from Bailey Lake and Springfield Plains.

The District does not currently test at buildings that receive city water.

To read what other school districts had to say, check out Local Schools Vary on Testing for Lead in Water.

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