SAFE WATER AT SCHOOLS
Preparing your schools drinking water for the fall will be an important step before students, faculty, and staff return for the 2021-2022 school year. After prolonged periods of discontinued use, you should consider some basic maintenance on your school's drinking water. This can include things such as flushing the water lines, replacing water filters, and cleaning or replacing faucet aerator screens. This may be of particular importance for your school's drinking fountains since those may have seen even less use due to Covid-19. Please note that there is not currently a MDHHS Pandemic Order or Executive Order restricting the use of drinking fountains (only order that did so and that was EO 2020-91 in the early stages of the pandemic, and was specific to offices).
Flushing your schools drinking water is important to remove stagnant water. Particularly in order to reduce waterborne health risks associated with microbial contamination, lead, copper, and disinfection by products. It also will help reduce drinking water complaints and improve system and water use device function.
For more information, please visit EGLE's School Drinking Water Program (link to site: https://www.michigan.gov/egle/0,9429,7-135-3313_3675_3691-474608--,00.html)