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MI School for the Deaf dormitory tests positive for lead

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

The Michigan School for the Deaf has received its first lead positive water test for a building on campus.

The positive test came in on Jan. 19 for the Stevens Hall dormitory, although the school points out the school building doesn’t show any lead.

The school’s administration says it has been buying bottled water since last September and giving it to students for everything from drinking to brushing their teeth.

Students only used the water supply to bath in. While the school states that research shows lead is not absorbed through the skin, they are exploring options for filtering water for showering in Stevens Hall. In the interim, students have the option of showering in the school locker room, which is presumed to be lead-free pending further testing.

The school is also replacing all of the faucets in Stevens Hall in the next couple of weeks as some of the lead in the water has been coming from sink faucets installed with copper piping and lead solder.

The Department of Environmental Quality will be at the school for the next two weeks or more to complete extensive water testing. The Genesee County Health Department is also willing to test students for lead contamination.

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