Nov 26, 2018

Elevated Lead Levels Found in Benton Harbor, Mich.

10 homes have found lead levels double the federal action level in drinking water

Elevated lead levels discovered in drinking water
Elevated lead levels discovered in drinking water

Elevated lead levels in drinking water have been found in Benton Harbor, Mich. While the city was put under an advisory for its drinking water results in October, additional homes have detected lead above the federal action level of 15 ppb.

An additional 27 out of 159 homes tested found lead levels above the federal action level, with 10 of those homes reporting lead more than double the action level.

City officials are still investigating how lead got into the city’s drinking water, according to Michigan Radio.

“That’s what we’re investigating,” said City Manager Darwin Watson. “We’re trying to find out what the cause of it is. And as we find out and work with the homeowners and the ones who come get testing, we will then disseminate that information as we become more familiar with it.”

For homes that have been notified of drinking water contamination, the city is providing bottled water. Additional test results are expected to be available soon.

The full results can be viewed on the city’s website here.

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