Nov 03, 2020

Michigan County Residents Receive Water Filters After Water Advisory

Ferndale, Michigan water customers with lead service lines to their homes will receive free water filter kits.

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Ferndale, Michigan water customers with lead service lines to their homes will receive free water filter kits after a city water advisory.

Oakland County’s Health Division provided the kits, which were available at a drive-through distribution Oct. 28 at the Kulick Community Center.

“The quality of our drinking water is vital to the health of our residents,” said Oakland County Executive David Coulter (D-Royal Oak) in the news release. “Oakland County stands ready to support our local communities by helping them comply with lead rules, distributing NSF-certified water filters.” 

According to the city, there are 10,031 service connections in the city and about 3,000 were made with lead or lead-containing materials. 

Five of 31 water samples taken this fall from properties with lead service lines had lead levels of over 15 ppb that triggered an Action Level advisory put into place in 2019 by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (MEGLE).

Ferndale will begin replacing at least 7% of lead service lines annually.

According to city manager Joseph Gacioch, a presentation for an Oct. 2 City Council meeting will provide a summary review of water testing from EGLE and the state Department of Health and Human Services about the testing program. Advice will also be offered to homeowners with lead service lines and what they can do, reported the city.

Past years have seen other cities such as Royal Oak, Birmingham, Oak Park and Hazel Park issuing similar water advisories.

“The city’s water supply hasn’t changed and is safe,” said Gacioch. “Testing has changed with expanded testing and the long term solution is to replace lead service lines.”

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