Mid-Michigan schools testing for lead

Posted: 9:27 AM, Jan 26, 2016
Updated: 2016-01-26 09:27:49-05

The Lansing School District isn't taking any chances.

"It's something that's very important," said school board president Peter Spadafore Monday.

Crews tested its buildings the weekend of Jan. 23-24, to make sure there isn't any lead in the water.

Spadafore says, after Glencairn Elementary school in East Lansing and Dimondale elementary in Holt tested positive for lead, they want to make sure Lansing students aren't at risk.

"Obviously it's very important that we ensure that drinking water is safe for our students," Spadafore said. "The administration went forward and ordered testing for all of our buildings."

East Lansing did more testing the weekend of January 23-24, and Monday since the district's set to meet with Ingham County Health Officer Linda Vail Monday night.

"We're going to discuss what kind of next step actions might be advisable to take," Vail said.

Vail says, a lot of homes in the Lansing area were built back in the 1970's, with lead paint, and lead pipes, and those are the top culprits for lead poisoning in children in our area.

"Exposure to lead paint or exposure to lead in plumbing, or something like that could conceivably be an issue," Vail said. "And it's a good idea to be tested."

The Holt schools facilities director tells us, all of the water fountains in the district have been shut down, and water coolers have been brought in for kids until they get the all clear from the DEQ in their next test in March.

Because for now they'd rather be safe than sorry.