Water

By the numbers: Detroit's school system is facing a water crisis

An abandoned building in Detroit
An abandoned building in Detroit. Photo: Patrick Gorski/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Nikolai Vitti, superintendent of Detroit's public school system, said that the drinking water will be turned off in schools citywide when students return due to increased copper and lead levels in the water.

Why it matters: The infrastructure of Detroit's public schools have been deteriorating for decades and is facing billions of dollars in debt, the New York Times reports. With no funding to rebuild its public schools in hand, there's no telling when the water will be turned back on.

Michigan official faces manslaughter charges linked to Flint water crisis

Nick Lyon, Director of Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Photo: Brett Carlsen/Getty Images
Nick Lyon, director of Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Photo: Brett Carlsen/Getty Images

Judge David Goggins has ordered Michigan’s health director, Nick Lyon, to stand trial on involuntary manslaughter charges for deaths linked to the Flint water crisis, reports The Detroit News.

The backdrop: The anticipated ruling on Monday comes after Goggins reportedly delayed the decision for more than three weeks. Lyon is facing two counts of manslaughter charges and one count of misconduct in office connected to the Legionnaires' disease outbreak, which reportedly sickened 79 people and killed 12. If convicted, Lyon could face up to 30 years in prison, and another five years on the misconduct charge, per The Detroit News.