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Troy School District’s Response to Lead Testing Inquiry

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(Crystal A. Proxmire, April 27, 2016)

Troy, 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.

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

Kerry Birmingham, Director of Communications and Strategic Initiatives for the Troy School District forwarded a message that had gone out to Troy Schools families on April 20.

The message said:

“Dear TSD Parents,

There have been several stories in the news about drinking water contaminants in other school districts, so I thought you would like to know what the Troy School District is doing proactively to protect our students and staff.    Chamber_AD2_rainbowrun

“The process to perform voluntary drinking water testing throughout the entire district is already underway. An outside testing company will begin taking samples this Saturday and continue until drinking water in every building has been tested.

“We will share the results of those tests with you as soon as they are available. While we have no reason to believe that there is an issue in any of our schools, should any concern arise in the results we take appropriate action as needed.

“As always, the safety of our students and staff is our top priority.”

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

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