Oct 22, 2019

30 Homes in Michigan Found with Lead in Water

A city in Michigan found lead levels exceeding new state standards in 10 of 30 homes sampled. 

A city in Michigan found lead levels exceeding new state standards in 10 of 30 homes sampled.

A sampling of 30 homes in Oak Park, Mich., this past summer found 10 of them with lead levels in drinking water exceeding new, stricter state standards, reported the Detroit Free Press.

In an advisory released Oct. 21, the city said the issue is with older, private service lines made of lead. 

“As an immediate measure, we are working with the affected water customers to replace their private lead water service lines later this year. As part of a larger project, we will be keeping an ongoing list of the private lead service lines throughout the city. We will replace these private lead service lines regardless of the lead level found in testing or if the lead level is over the Action Level of 15 ppb,” according to the advisory.

Residents who suspect they have a lead service line running to their home are able to schedule at-home inspections. In addition, the Oakland County Health Division will also distribute free lead filters if a household has a child or a pregnant woman.

Oak Park officials said the new sampling method was expected to result in higher lead results, because the Safe Water Drinking Act has more rigid sampling procedures and analysis.

Homes built before 1986 are at a higher risk to have lead pipes, fixtures, and solder, according to the Oakland County Health Department. Newer homes can also be at risk due partly to lead in faucets manufactured prior to 2014.

As a future measure, the city will be increasing its lead and copper sampling pool to 60 homes every six months, reported the advisory.  

“The quality of our drinking water is vital to the health of Oakland County residents,” said County Executive David Coulter to WLNS.

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