- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 6, 2016

DETROIT (AP) - Drinking fountains at two Detroit Public Schools’ buildings have been shut off after water samples found elevated levels of copper and lead.

The City of Detroit Health Department announced Tuesday that the lead discovery was made as part of an effort to test drinking water at all of the district’s schools. Of test results so far, a water fountain at the former Beard Elementary School had elevated lead levels.

That school closed in 2012, but the building is leased by a private company. Meanwhile, The Detroit News reports a drinking fountain at Burton International Academy had elevated copper levels.

The Detroit Free Press reports bottled water is being provided.

District spokeswoman Michelle Zdrodowski says a number of factors, including Flint’s crisis with lead-tainted water, led to “proactive and precautionary” testing.


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