School Drinking Water Program

All children need access to healthy water. Michigan children spend a significant portion of their day in school or child care facilities and quality drinking water is critical to a child’s overall health, development and performance.

Many schools and child care facilities receive water from a community water system and that supplier is required to meet federal and state drinking water quality; however, lead can still leach into a school’s drinking water from plumbing materials and fixtures within the school building and move through the school’s water distribution system. And, because of the on again/off again water use patterns in a school, more opportunity exists for water stagnation and lead to leach into the water. The only way to determine if there is lead in the water is to test it.

While sampling for lead or other possible drinking water contaminants is not currently required for schools served by a community water system, EGLE is has taken the initiative to provide guidance and tools regarding communication, plumbing assessments, sampling plans and collection, interpretation of results, risk reduction actions, and water moving programs for school personnel.

For Parents

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) School Drinking Water Quality: Parent Information 

For School Administrators and Managers

Important News

Flushing Guidance Memo to Schools During Executive Order 2020-35 

Guidance on Flushing Your School Plumbing System Before Resuming Class: information concerning the risks of water stagnation and where to find more information to help maintain the quality of drinking water within your facilities.

Free Drinking Water Lead Risk Assessment

We have a team of experts who will schedule a visit to your school building, at no charge, and help look for lead in the plumbing. We will also set up a water sampling plan and train school staff how to properly collect samples for lead analysis. This 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 gohlkeh@michigan.

Guidance Documents


  • 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: