Detroit Schools Turn Off Drinking Water
On Tuesday, students at all 106 public schools in Detroit returned for the first day of the school year with all drinking fountains turned off. Since 2016, water testing in the district has found elevated levels of lead or copper in dozens of schools. Another round of water-quality tests was conducted this year, and the results for 24 schools came in mid-August. Of those, 16 had at least one water source with elevated levels of lead, copper, or both. That, coupled with testing results from 2016, brought the total number of schools with known water issues to 34. Superintendent Nikolai P. Vitti said students would still be able to wash their hands and flush toilets, but drinking water would come from water bottles and water coolers rather than fountains or sinks.
God, we lift in prayer children — close to home or far away — who are exposed to risks because of poverty. We ask for leaders to be inspired to offer creative solutions, intent on protecting the dignity of all people, so that a child’s health is not predicted by their zip code or their race or their family’s income. We pray for the value of human life to be reflected in policies, practices, budgets, communities.