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Metro Schools Leads State in Testing Drinking Water for Lead

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.


Metro Nashville Public Schools is one of the nation’s top 50 largest school districts, preparing 88,000 students for higher education, work and life. With the goal of being the first choice for Nashville families, Metro Schools is committed to #ExceedingGreatExpectations with the mission of delivering a great public education to every student, every day. The district is earning a national reputation for urban school reform, social and emotional learning and rising academic achievement. The governing body for Metro Schools is the Metropolitan Nashville Board of Public Education, a nine-member elected body. For more information, visit MNPS.org, or follow us on Twitter @MetroSchools or Facebook /MetroSchools.