In the plan announced Monday, the district says it will test water fountains in all schools and pre-k centers before the start of the school year.
“Checking the drinking water in our buildings is the right thing to do for children and for our employees,” said Dennis Neal, the district's executive director of facility and grounds maintenance. “It is something we wanted to do and felt we needed to do.”
The district says that testing will cost about $180,000. It's not clear how long before those results are back.
A news release stated: "At the request of Director of Schools Dr. Shawn Joseph and with the support of the Mayor’s Office, the tests will begin this week, beginning with elementary schools and early learning centers and continuing to middle and high schools.
"The tests will be conducted following all required protocols for water quality sampling."
Officials say they decided to speed up the testing to reassure families and employees that the water is safe to drink.
Critics say Metro was slow to share the initial test results with parents.