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Vitti proposes purified water system to remedy DPS drinking water concerns

Posted: 9:57 PM, Sep 11, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-11 23:17:43-04

Heated parents and students in Detroit called out the school district for dropping the ball on safe drinking water for students. 

At the meeting, Superintendent Nikolai Vitti said a proposed $2 million solution is a water hydration station system. It would essentially give students fountains to fill up bottles with purified water, similar to districts in Flint, Royal Oak and Birmingham. 

Since the start of the school year, at Vitti's direction, all students in 106 schools have been given bottled water after 16 school showed high levels of copper and lead due to aging infrastructure. 

Surplus dollars could pay for the proposed new system, Vitti said. However, the board would have to approve it. 

The plan could be implemented next year, but in the meantime bottled water is costing hundreds of thousands of dollars.