School Drinking Water Training Program

Over 1.4 million Michigan children spend a significant portion of their day in a school building and are exposed to the air, water and materials found within the building which may impact their health and performance.  Although barriers are in place to keep water in school buildings safe for drinking, events may occur to break down one or more of those barriers, potentially leading to water contamination.  Because of the concern for children’s health, Michigan’s legislature provided funding to the Michigan Department of Education to partner with the Departments of Environmental Quality and Licensing and Regulatory Affairs to develop training and guidance materials on school water management practices and sampling for all public and registered non-public schools in Michigan.   Our initiative is to give school personnel tools to protect the drinking water in their buildings for the health and safety of those drinking it.



Guidance Documents:

Technical Assistance:

  • Free on-site assistance for drinking water lead risk reduction is available for a limited time to all public and registered nonpublic schools in Michigan. For more information, contact Holly Gohlke at 989-705-3422, or


  • Stay tuned for future training opportunities!

Other Resources:

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services: