The water has not been tested since Nov. 2016, and the students still drink bottled water
In a press conference Jan. 3, Superintendent Bilal Tawwab of Flint Community Schools said the district is ready to begin water quality testing for the Flint, Mich., schools when the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) has a plan in place. The schools have not been tested since Nov. 2016.
Currently, the students drink bottled water donated by Nestle, Walmart, Coca-Cola and Pepsi. However, the superintendent suggested the district would like to transition to filtered tap water. “The district has not and will not refuse any request from the state to test water in our buildings. Quite the opposite, the district has requested a long-term plan from the state, including multiple rounds of testing to be conducted to the satisfaction of the medical community and that the data is shared on an ongoing basis,” said Superintendent Bilal Tawwab.
There is no time frame in place for the water quality testing of Flint Community Schools, but the MDEQ said they have been collaborating with federal, state and local officials to develop a best practice guide for school’s water monitoring, according to ABC 12 News.