School Drinking Water (for Parents)

Many schools and child care buildings receive their water from a public water system. The water going into the building must meet State of Michigan requirements for healthy drinking water. However, outdated plumbing within the school may allow unhealthy contaminants, like lead, to get in once water is inside the school. 


The School Drinking Water Program, within the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE), works with schools and child care facilities to monitor water quality.  


EGLE has created resources for school and child care administrators to keep drinking water healthy for all children,; to review this information please visit


What can you do?


Contact your school to ensure it requested a free drinking water lead risk assessment. This is available for a limited time to all public and registered nonpublic schools in Michigan. School administrators (principals, superintendents, etc.) can contact Holly Gohlke at 989-705-3422, or


For more information on what you can do at home to reduce your risk of lead, go to