Recently, the Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) issued a Boil Water Advisory covering the largest geographical area in its history. The Advisory blanketed a substantial portion of Detroit and affected 28 Detroit Public Schools Community District buildings. As a precautionary measure, acting in the best interest of our students and staff, we closed schools the second and third day of the crisis.
As the crisis unfolded, Detroit authorities investigated the situation to determine if the advisory was justified. In a remarkable turn of events, GLWA officials released a statement yesterday indicating preliminary testing showed no evidence of any bacterial contamination in Detroit’s water supply.
“The first round of test results taken by the Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) related to the February 28, 2017 boil water advisory have come back clear,” said GLWA in a statement. “While these results are a sign that there is nothing wrong with the water, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is requiring the boil water advisory remain in effect throughout the originally stated 48-hour time period.”
Today, following a second round of testing GLWA recommended that the advisory be lifted, “Given that both sets of test results have proven that there was nothing wrong with the water, GLWA has made the recommendation to the impacted communities that the boil water advisory can be lifted.” Read full story here or visit detroitk12.org.
We are pleased that the advisory has been lifted and that there was no contamination of the water supply. Nevertheless, the district will flush all water lines with running water prior to weekend activities and the opening of school on Monday.
Thank you for working with us during this extreme circumstance. We look forward to the impacted schools reopening Monday for teaching and learning.