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Elevated lead levels found in some Inkster homes

Posted: 4:01 PM, Oct 24, 2019
Updated: 2019-10-24 16:01:23-04
Lead in the Water

INKSTER, Mich. (WXYZ) — Elevated lead levels have been found in some Inkster homes, according to the city.

The city said that 4 of 30 sample sites had lead levels that exceeded the Action Level of 15 parts per billion.

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 has 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.

Below are some recommended actions to help reduce lead exposure.

  • 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 your home of building’s plumbing and the lead service line.
  • Consider using a filter to reduce lead in drinking water. Public health 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 device 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, please contact your County Health Department.
  • Use cold 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.