While not required by the city or state, Metro Schools voluntarily initiated a water safety testing program to affirm the safety of the drinking water in schools. MNPS is the only district in Tennessee to test drinking water for lead. The two-phase testing program is a proactive measure that has been implemented in partnership with Metro Public Health, Metro Water Services, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and an outside vendor specializing in water testing.

“The drinking water in the district’s oldest buildings meet all federal and state lead drinking water standards,” explained Dennis Neal, Executive Director of Facilities and Grounds Maintenance for Metro Schools.