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PUBLIC ADVISORY for Drinking Water Customers

Public Advisory for Drinking Water Customers in the City of Melvindale

 

October 22, 2019

The Michigan Safe Drinking Water Act has changed to better protect your health. New water sampling rules have been added to better detect possible lead in your drinking water. These changes require communities with lead service lines to do more sampling. This new sampling method is expected to result in higher lead results, not because the water source or quality for residents has changed, but because the Act as more stringent sampling procedures and analysis.

The City of Melvindale has been conducting testing of tap water in homes with lead service lines for lead and copper in accordance with this Act since 1992.

In September 2019, the City collected samples from 30 sites with known lead service leads out of approximately 3,828 total water customers in the city. Of the 3,828 water customers there are approximately 1,500 with lead service leads. Nine (9) of the thirty (30) targeted sites tested exceeded the Action Levels of 15ppb (parts per billion). The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy EGLE (formally MDEQ) evaluates compliance with the Action Level based on the 90th percentile of all lead and copper results collected in each round of sampling. This does not mean every customer has elevated lead levels. An Action Level exceedance means that more than 10% of the samples tested under the new testing method have elevated lead levels. The City had nine (9) of the targeted thirty (30) sites with known lead service leads report elevated lead results. The lead 90th percentile for the City’s water supply is 370 parts per billion (ppb), which exceeds the Action Level of 15 ppb.

The “Action Level” is not a health based standard, but it is a level that triggers additional actions including, but not limited to, increased investigative sampling of water quality and educational outreach to customers. This is NOT a violation of the Michigan Safe Drinking Water Act. Because nine (9) sites were over the Action Level for lead, the City of Melvindale would like to share some ways you can reduce your exposure to lead since lead can cause serious health problems if too much enters your body from drinking water and other sources.

Below are some recommended actions to help reduce lead exposure. Lead can enter drinking water when in contact with pipes, solder, home/building interior plumbing, fittings and fixtures that contain lead. Homes with lead service lines have an increased risk of having high lead levels in drinking water. The more time water has been sitting in your home’s pipes, the more lead it may contain. Therefore, if your water as not been used for several hours, run the water before using it for drinking or cooking. This flushes lead-containing water from the pipes. Additional flushing may be required for homes that have been vacant or have a longer service line.

  • Run your water to flush out lead-containing water.
  • If you do not have a lead service line, run the water for 30 seconds to two minutes, or until it becomes cold or reaches a steady temperature.
  • If you do have a lead service line, run the water for at least five minutes to flush water from the plumbing of your home and the lead service line.
  • Consider using a filter to reduce lead in drinking water. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services recommends that any household with a child or pregnant woman use a certified lead filter to remove lead from their drinking water.
  • Look for filters that are tested and certified to NSF/ANSI Standard 53 for lead reduction.
  • Be sure to maintain and replace the filter devise in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions to protect water quality.
  • If your household has a child or pregnant woman and are not able to afford the cost of a lead filter, the Wayne County Health Department may provide one lead filter at no cost for those that qualify on Thursday, October 24th and Friday, October 25th from 2:00pm to 6:00pm at the John K. Kessey Fieldhouse.
  • Use cold, filtered water, for drinking, cooking, or preparing baby formula.
  • Do not boil your water as boiling will not reduce the amount of lead in water.
  • Clean your faucet aerator to remove trapped debris.
  • Check whether your home has a lead service line. You can contact the City’s Water Department for this information.

As part of the State’s compliance requirements, the City of Melvindale will soon provide a comprehensive public education document with further information about lead in drinking water. We will be collecting sixty (60) samples every six (6) months and reviewing the results to determine if corrective actions are necessary to reduce corrosion in household plumbing. If you would like to be on the sampling list please contact the Water Department please call 313 429-1064.

Additional information regarding the new regulations and lead safety can be found on the City of Melvindale’s website, or on the EGLE website at www.michigan.gov/deqleadpublicadvisory or www.michigan.gov/MILeadSafe

Please note that a town hall meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. at the John K. Kessey Fieldhouse Banquet Center, to address citizen’s concerns regarding the lead advisory.

Thank you for your attention to this important matter.

GLWA Guide to Service Lines and Plumbing Fixtures

Click Here to view the publication titled, "Service Lines and Plumbing Fixtures: Responses to Frequently Asked Questions about Lead and Copper in Water", published by the Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA).

ANNUAL LAWN INSPECTIONS BEGIN APRIL 1ST

Public Notice

Annual Lawn Inspections

Annual lawn inspections begin April 1st, in accordance with city ordinance (see below).

 

Sec. 23-55. - Notice of cutting requirements.

Property inspections shall begin on April 1 of each year. Locations shall then be noted by the commissioner of public works or his designated representative and the owners/occupants will be given written notice to cut and/or clean up properties.

If by April 13 of each year, the notice to cut is not complied with, such property shall be listed by the commissioner of public works to be cut under the discretion provided for in section 23-54 hereof.

The property shall be maintained in conformity with the standards set forth in this article not less than every five calendar days. Locations not conforming to the standards will be cut in accordance with section 23-54 hereof, and the property owner shall be billed at the rates established herein (see below for rates).

(Ord. No. 476, § 8, 2-4-87; Ord. No. 476-A, 6-7-89; Ord. No. 741, art. 1, 7-15-09)

Sec. 23-57. - Rate charges.

(a)

The following rates are established for the cutting and/or cleaning up of properties other than that owned by the city:

Category A:

Residential lots: (per lot)

$300.00 for the first cutting and/or cleaning;

$600.00 for the second cutting and/or cleaning;

$900.00 for the third cutting and/or cleaning;

$1,200.00 for all subsequent cutting and/or cleanings.

 

Business lots: (per lot)

$325.00 for the first cutting and/or cleaning;

$650.00 for the second cutting and/or cleaning;

$975.00 for the third cutting and/or cleaning;

$1,300.00 for all subsequent cutting and/or cleanings.

 

 

Category B:

Residential lots: (per lot - hand mowing)

$300.00 for the first cutting and/or cleaning;

$600.00 for the second cutting and/or cleaning;

$900.00 for the third cutting and/or cleaning;

$1,200.00 for all subsequent cutting and/or cleanings.

 

Business lots: (per lot - hand mowing)

$325.00 for the first cutting and/or cleaning;

$650.00 for the second cutting and/or cleaning;

$975.00 for the third cutting and/or cleaning;

$1,300.00 for all subsequent cutting and/or cleanings.

 

 

Category C: (per lot)

$600.00 for the first cutting and/or cleaning;

$1,200.00 for the second cutting and/or cleaning;

$1,800.00 for the third cutting and/or cleaning;

$2,400.00 for all subsequent cuttings and/or cleaning.

 

Category D: (per acre)

$600.00 for the first cutting and/or cleaning;

$1,200.00 for the second cutting and/or cleaning;

$1,800.00 for the third cutting and/or cleaning;

$2,400.00 for all subsequent cuttings and/or cleaning.

 

Category E:

Multiple adjoining business lots

Appropriate charge for the first lot with each additional lot at 20% of the appropriate charge.

 

 

As used in this subsection, the reference to "first," "second," "third" or "all subsequent" cuttings and/or cleanings is to commence upon the effective date of this section, and shall be on a calendar year basis, irrespective of the ownership of the property.

(b)

An additional charge for clearing and/or removal of materials interfering with the cutting of such property, in accordance with section 23-52 of this chapter shall be established at the rate of:

$50.00 for any service charge, and $50.00 per hour per employee plus equipment, and disposal or material charges.

(c)

If the city incurs dumping charges for dumping of debris and other material which interferes with the cutting of the property, the city shall charge the owner the actual dumping fees incurred by the city.

(Ord. No. 476, § 10, 2-4-87; Ord. No. 476B, § 10, 11-15-89; Ord. No. 552, § 1, 8-7-96; Ord. No. 730, art. I, 7-16-08; Ord. No. 751, art. I, 8-4-10; Ord. No. 765, art. I, 7-16-14)

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Municipal Offices

3100 Oakwood Blvd.
Melvindale, MI 48122
P: 313.429.1040
F: 313.383.3993

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