Test results in: Nearly 200 MPS drinking fountains had too much lead

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MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee Public Schools released on Friday, December 16th the results of water quality testing of drinking fountains in all district schools and buildings. Officials said the testing is a “proactive measure; federal and state regulations do not require schools to test drinking water.”

MPS says the sampling began in June 2016 and two independent, state-certified firms conducted the analysis.

Highlights of the analysis include:

  • There are no lead service lines leading from the City of Milwaukee’s water service into MPS school buildings.
  • 94 percent of all drinking fountains tested at levels below the EPA standard of 15ppb (parts per billion) — 6 percent were above
  • There are more than 3,000 water fountains in MPS; 183 had levels above EPA standards.
  • Any fixture that tested above EPA standards was immediately turned off. The unit will be replaced and service will resume after the replacement fixture is tested.

The test results can be found on the MPS website at mpsmke.com/testresults.

Additional information about lead can be found by visiting the City of Milwaukee Health Department’s website at milwaukee.gov/health – and typing “lead” in the search bar or calling the EPA hotline at 1-800-426-4791.

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