The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality recommends tighter lead standards for schools

HallwayTests and higher lead quality standards are being recommended to schools statewide by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

The federal limit for lead in drinking water is fifteen parts per billion but the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is recommending schools take action at five parts per billion.

Officials with the department hope to see schools statewide testing for lead and upgrading facilities.

George Krisztian is with the Michigan DEQ. He said the tighter standards are about protecting student health.

“What we did was we tried to take the lessons learned in our experience in the Flint community schools and we tried to incorporate them in a protocol statewide.”

Krisztian said that money will be available to schools for tests and facility upgrades through the Michigan Department of Education.