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Posted on: November 6, 2019

LEAD IN DRINKING WATER: TOP 5 QUESTIONS

#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 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 Survey. After 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 information sharing and public awareness phase of this process.  Within the next two weeks we will have contacted all 656 homes that have a lead service lines and provided a free faucet mount filter or pitcher filter for that resident’s use.  City staff is working with our engineering firm to develop a plan that will replace the 656 lead water service lines in an expedited manner, with the goal to remove these lead lines in the shortest amount of time as possible.  Mayor and Council are committed to taking quick action to resolve this issue so residents will not have to worry about the quality of drinking 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. The 2019 Water Quality Report is available at 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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