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Detroit's Public School District Shuts Off Drinking Water, Citing Lead, Copper Risk

Two-thirds of the district's buildings in an early test had problematic levels of lead or copper. The supplier says the water isn't the problem — it's the schools' old plumbing.

Detroit Public Schools Community District Superintendent Nikolai Vitti has ordered drinking water to be shut off at the district's roughly 100 schools after two-thirds of the buildings in an early test were found to have levels of lead and/or copper that were too high.

The initial testing

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