SCS Lead Safe

The Michigan Safe Drinking Water Act has changed to better protect the health of our citizens. New water sampling rules have been added to better detect possible lead in your drinking water. These changes require communities, including St. Clair Shores, with lead service lines and older housing stock, 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, rather, because the Act has more stringent sampling procedures and analysis.

The City of St. Clair Shores has 25,303 water customers. The City estimates that there are approximately 650 homes with leads service lines. In St. Clair Shores lead service lines are most commonly found in homes built between 1920 and 1950. Our SCS Lead Safe page will provide you with information about the results from the recent sampling of 32 homes with lead service water lines, how you can determine if you have a lead service line going into your home and information about lead in drinking water and what you can do to minimize its effects as well as a list of valuable informational resources (scroll down for a list of Frequently Asked Questions).

Public Advisory for Drinking Water Customers in the City of St. Clair Shores

Press Release...November 4, 2019

Water Service Replacement Agreement

How to Determine if You Have a Lead Service Line


#1. Is my water safe to drink?
 YES! The water source, the water treatment and our water quality are safe!  The City of St Clair Shores is not in violation of the Michigan Safe Drinking Water Act as it meets all safety standards as required by the State of Michigan.  Homes that tested above the action level (15ppb) all have lead service lines.  If you don’t have a lead service line, you’re not at risk. Presently, our records indicate there are only 656 homes out of 25,303 water customers in St. Clair Shores that have lead service lines.   If you are concerned, visit SCS Lead Safe (you’re already there!) which provides information on how to minimize your risk to lead exposure.

  #2. How to find out if I have a lead service line?
Take the Water Service Line survey at Water Service Line Survey or SurveyAfter a lead service line is verified, the City will contact the homeowner about a water filter.

#3. What is the City doing about this issue?
The City of St. Clair Shores is currently in the informationsharing and public awareness phase of this process.  Within the next twoweeks we will have contacted all 656 homes that have a lead service lines andprovided a free faucet mount filter or pitcher filter for that resident’suse.  City staff is working with our engineering firm to develop a planthat will replace the 656 lead water service lines in an expedited manner, withthe goal to remove these lead lines in the shortest amount of time aspossible.  Mayor and Council are committed to taking quick action toresolve this issue so residents will not have to worry about the quality ofdrinking water ever again.

#4. Does the Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) treat our water for lead?
 YES. The GLWA treats our water so lead does not leak into the water.
More information is available on the 
2019 Water Quality Report

#5. Why did the City issue a Public Advisory about lead in our water now?
The City of St. Clair Shores began testing tap water in homes with lead service lines in accordance with the Michigan Safe Drinking Water Act in 1992. After the Flint lead water crisis, the sampling procedure was changed. These changes now require communities with lead service lines to increase the number of sampling locations and draw multiple samples from each location.
This new sampling method resulted in higher lead results, not because the water source or quality for residents has changed, but because the Act has more stringent sampling procedures. As a result of the new sampling procedures, four out of the targeted homes with lead service lines measured lead at 21 parts per billion (ppb), exceeding the Action Level of 15 ppb. When a water sampling exceeds the amount by the state, the City must inform all residents of the results and provide public education.

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What does this “Action Level” exceedance and Public Advisory mean?

How does lead get into drinking water?

Is there a simple way to see if I have lead service line in my home?

What are the health effects from lead exposure?

What is the City doing about this issue?

How do I get a drinking water lead filter?

Where can I get my water tested?

What educational resources are available?

 Where can I get information to better understand drinking water filters?

 Can you explain how to use a faucet filter that is certified to reduce lead in drinking water?

I’ve heard my drinking water faucet has an aerator. What is it?

Can my home be part of the community-wide sampling plan?

Who do I contact for more information?



Where can I find
more information about lead in drinking water?

EPA Basic Information about Lead in Drinking Water

EPA Guidance Tool

Mi Lead Safe

Macomb County Health Department

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) (formerly the MDEQ)

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