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EGLE announces roughly $1.9-million grant to test school drinking water for lead

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The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy has announced a nearly $1.9-million grant from the EPA to test school drinking water for lead.

State officials said the grant will help bolster efforts already underway to ensure that school drinking water is safe.

Scott Dean is with EGLE.

“We’re quite pleased to have netted this grant and we’re going to start to evaluate and prioritize schools that can benefit from this testing funding.”

Dean said the department has not yet identified where the funding will go.

“This provides additional funding particularly at a time when resources are scarce,” he said. “To be able to net some federal grant funding to further our work protecting Michiganders from lead in drinking water, particularly our most vulnerable populations.”

The department will evaluate schools with older infrastructure in making its decision.