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.
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.
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.