Concerning levels of lead found in Oak Park water

Posted at 9:59 AM, Oct 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-23 15:39:10-04

OAK PARK, Mich. (WXYZ) — The City of Oak Park found houses that may have lead water service lines, then did testing. It found that some have concerning levels of lead in their water.

City leaders looked at decades-old city records for houses built before 1950, when, in general, builders stopped using lead water service lines.

They tested water at 30 of those homes. At ten of them, the water had high levels.

Although residents are concerned, city officials say this is not like what happened in Flint. They say the Oak Park infrastructure is safe and the water from Detroit Water and Sewerage Department is safe.

The problem is with the private water line that taps into the city's system. The city is asking people to take a look at their water meters firsthand.