Elevated lead levels have been detected in Hamtramck water
Hamtramck is the latest community in Michigan to report elevated levels of lead in its drinking water. According to recent testing, the city’s lead levels are at 17 parts per billion (ppb), which is well above the state’s working level of 15 parts per billion.
“The target for lead in drinking water is zero parts per billion; there is no safe level for lead in the blood,” Press release from the city Notes.
“We want our residents to have safe drinking water,” Hamtramck City Manager Kathleen Angerer said in a statement, adding, “We call on all elected officials, the governor, and the Michigan legislature to work quickly toward a solution to provide funding for Hamtramck and communities like ours to replace the lead service line. Expedited full for the safety of our families.”
The city will distribute water filters and educational materials from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at the Hamtramck Town Center car park, 9215 Jos Campau Ave.
Annual tap water tests were recently conducted in 42 homes in the city. Although “Action Level” is not a health-based standard, it leads to additional investigation and awareness in accordance with the Michigan Safe Drinking Water Act. The city says it will collect water samples from 60 homes every six months and review the results to determine if additional action is needed.
Hamtramck residents can call the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) at 844-934-1315 to have their service line checked or their drinking water tested for lead. Wayne County Healthy Communities also offers tests for blood lead levels.
A few years after the water crisis in Flint, communities in Michigan continue to have problems with elevated levels of lead in their drinking water. A state of emergency has been declared at Benton Harbor, a predominantly black city where lead levels in some homes have been tested at more than 800 parts per billion.