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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.

Municipal Offices

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

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