Ensure safe drinking water for every Ann Arbor Public School student

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Lead contamination of drinking water is a problem throughout Ann Arbor Public Schools (AAPS).

District-wide testing in 2017 revealed that 39% of AAPS buildings had at least one drinking water source with lead levels above the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s action level of 15 parts per billion (ppb). 79% of its buildings had at least one water source with lead concentrations above the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ)’s recommended action level of 5 ppb. Not all water sources in every building were tested, and the full scope of the problem is unknown.

No level of lead in water is safe for children. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that lead concentrations in school water fountains not exceed 1 ppb. It is unacceptable to have untested water sources with potentially elevated lead levels in AAPS buildings.

AAPS's 2018 water testing is already underway, but AAPS has not committed to testing every source of water used for drinking and cooking. It is impossible to know the full scope of the problem and the risk it poses to AAPS children without testing every source. The EPA and MDEQ strongly recommend that every water source used for drinking and cooking be tested, and AAPS’s current water testing plan is not in line with these recommendations.

Please sign this petition to urge AAPS to test the lead concentration of every source of water used for drinking and cooking throughout the district. 

With your help, we can work to ensure that every AAPS student has access to safe drinking water at school.

Sincerely yours,  

Abby Dumes, PhD (AAPS Parent)

Jennifer McDonald, MD, MPH, pediatrician (AAPS Parent)

Kimberly Monroe, MD, MS, pediatrician (AAPS Parent)

Rebecca Meuninck, PhD, Deputy Director, Ecology Center