Meijer to donate 200,000 water bottles to Detroit Public Schools

Posted at 11:48 AM, Sep 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-27 13:14:46-04

Meijer is partnering with Central Michigan University and Bob Maxey Ford to donate 200,000 water bottles to Detroit Public Schools Thursday. 

The bottled water will be distributed to 21 schools in the district. 

Meijer says their support "is in response to the district shutting off the water at its school buildings due to water quality issues."

Earlier this month, the school district said tests found lead or copper in the water at numerous schools.

Superintendent Nikolai Vitti ordered new testing of all schools in the spring. Over the summer, results came in for 24 schools. While some schools had clean water, tests found issues with copper or lead contamination at 16 of those schools.

District leaders are hoping that by providing bottled water they can make sure teachers and students for now don’t have to worry about the situation and instead can focus on learning.