Macomb County Health Department Assists Town of Eastpointe in Lead Prevention Efforts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 17, 2022

The Macomb County Health Department is assisting the town of Eastpointe following a notification from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) that samples from the Eastpointe municipal water supply have lead levels in drinking water that exceed the state standards. Water testing took place as part of routine compliance sampling required by EGLE under Michigan’s Safe Drinking Water Act.

The Macomb County Health Department and Eastpointe are collaborating with other agencies on the following preventative actions:

  • Provide public education and coordinate the distribution of free water filters and cartridges. Water filters and cartridges will be available to Eastpointe customers who have verified they have lead service lines in their homes as well as residents who meet any of the state required qualifications, including : a child under 18 lives at the address; a child under the age of 18 frequently spends time at this address (“frequently” means that a resident of the household provides care at least several days a week for a few hours a day for three months or more a year); a pregnant woman lives at the address; a person receiving WIC benefits or Medicaid insurance lives at this address; or, a person cannot afford a replacement filter and cartridges (filters are around $35 and replacement filters are around $15).
    • Water filter kits will be available at two separate giveaway events:
      • Immediate distribution (at the wheel)
        • Wednesday October 19
        • Eastpointe Public Works Department
          • 17750 Ten Mile Road, Eastpointe, MI 48021
        • 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
      • Eastpointe Lead Safe Open House and Filter Distribution
        • Wednesday October 26
        • Eastpointe Town Hall
        • 23200 Gratiot Ave, Eastpointe, MI 48021
        • 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    • Water filters will also be available for pickup after October 19, 2022 at Eastpointe City Hall and Public Works offices.
  • Answer questions from the public:
    • For questions about water testing/lead service line, contact the City of Eastpointe Public Works Department at (586) 445-3661 – ext. 5.
    • For health-related questions, contact the Macomb County Health Department Public Health Nursing Program at (586) 469-5520.
      • Contact your primary care physician to test your child’s blood for lead poisoning.

“The Macomb County Health Department is supporting the Town of Eastpointe by distributing filters to eligible families and educating the public on ways to reduce lead exposure,” said Andrew Cox, Director/Health Officer of the Macomb County Health Department. “We strongly recommend that households with a child or pregnant woman in the City of Eastpointe use a certified lead filter to remove lead from their drinking water.”

Lead enters drinking water primarily through the corrosion of lead-containing materials in the water distribution system and plumbing. These materials include the lead-based solder used to join copper pipes, brass and chrome-plated brass valves and fittings, and lead water pipes. more common sources Lead exposures include lead-based paint chips, dust, soil, and imported goods. Populations most at risk of lead poisoning are children under age 6 living in older homes or with lead paint, pregnant women, adults exposed to lead due to their occupation, and refugees .

The following actions can help reduce exposure to lead in drinking water:

  • Replace faucets with those manufactured in 2014 or later or marked “NSF 61/9” as they meet stricter limits.
  • If you don’t have a lead service line, run the water for 30 seconds to two minutesor until it cools or reaches a constant temperature.
  • If you have a lead service line, run the water for at least five minutes to flush the water plumbing in your home or building and the service lead line.
  • Use cold filtered water or bottled water for cooking and preparing formula. Hot water is likely to contain higher levels of lead.
  • Do not boil water to remove lead. Boiling will not reduce or eliminate lead.
  • Investigate alternative sources of drinking water or water treatment. You may want to consider buying bottled water or a water filter.
  • Have your water tested for lead if you suspect that the plumbing or faucets in your home may contain lead or lead-based solder.
  • Clean the aerators. Aerators are small accessories at the top of faucets that regulate water flow. They can accumulate small lead particles in their screens. They must be removed and disinfected monthly.
  • Install a water filter which is certified to NSF/ANSI Standard 53 for lead reduction. The EPA also recommends that the filter be certified to NSF/ANSI Standard 42 for Particulate Reduction (Class 1). If a water filter is installed, replace the cartridges at least as often as recommended by the manufacturer.

Additional Resources:

Eastpointe Weight Safe Web Page

Frequently Asked Questions About MI Lead Safe Lead & Copper Rule

MI Lead Free Drinking Water

Macomb County Health Department

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43525 Elizabeth Road, Mount Clemens, MI, 48043

http://health.macombgov.org/

For media inquiries only, please contact Tom Lehrer at 586-463-3523

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