The Macomb County Health Department is assisting the City of Eastpoint with lead prevention efforts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 17, 2022

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

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

  • Provide public education and coordinate the distribution of free water filters and cartridges. Water filters and cartridges will be available to Eastpointe water customers verified to have main service lines in their home, as well as residents who meet any of the state-mandated 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 several hours a day for three or more months of the year); a pregnant woman lives at the address; a person receiving WIC benefits or Medicaid insurance lives at this address; or one cannot afford a filter and replacement cartridges (filters cost about $35 and replacement filters cost about $15).
    • The water filter kits will be available at two separate distribution events:
      • Immediate (Drive-thru) distribution
        • Wednesday, October 19
        • Eastpoint Public Works Department
          • 17750 Ten Mile Road, Eastpointe, MI 48021
        • 15:00 – 19:00
      • Eastpointe Lead Safe Open House and Filter Distribution
        • Wednesday, October 26
        • Eastpointe City Hall
        • 23200 Gratiot Ave., Eastpointe, MI 48021
        • 17:00 – 20:00
    • Water filters will also be available for pickup after October 19, 2022 at Eastpointe City Hall and Public Works offices.
  • Answering public questions:
    • For questions about water/main service line testing, 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 City of Eastpointe by distributing filters to eligible families and by providing public education on ways to reduce lead exposure,” said Andrew Cox, director/health officer for the Macomb County Health Department. “We strongly recommend that households with a child or a pregnant woman in the City of Eastpoint use a certified lead filter to remove lead from their drinking water.”

Lead enters drinking water primarily as a result of corrosion of lead-containing materials in the water distribution system and plumbing. These materials include lead-based solder used to join copper pipes, brass and chrome-plated brass faucets and fittings, and water lines made of lead. More common sources sources of lead exposure include lead-based paint chips, dust, soil, and imported goods. Populations at highest risk for lead poisoning include children under 6 years of age, living in old homes or homes with lead paint, pregnant women, adults with occupational exposure to lead, and refugees.

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

  • Change faucets with those manufactured in 2014 or later or marked “NSF 61/9” as they meet stricter restrictions.
  • If you don’t have a lead service line, run the water for 30 seconds to two minutesor until it gets cold or reaches a constant temperature.
  • If you have a leading service line, run the water for at least five minutes to flush the water from your home or building’s water mains and main service line.
  • Use cold, filtered water or bottled water for cooking and preparing baby formula. Warm water probably contains higher levels of lead.
  • Do not boil water to remove lead. Boiling will not reduce or remove lead.
  • Look for alternative sources of drinking water or water treatment. You might consider buying bottled water or a water filter.
  • Test your water for lead if you suspect that your home’s plumbing or faucets may contain lead or lead-based solder.
  • Clean aerators. Aerators are small attachments on top of faucets that regulate water flow. They can accumulate tiny particles of lead in their screens. They should be removed and disinfected every month.
  • Install a water filter which is NSF/ANSI Standard 53 certified for lead reduction. 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 Lead Secure Web Page

MI Lead Safe Lead and Copper Rule Frequently Asked Questions

MI Lead Safe drinking water

Macomb County Health Department

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43525 Elizabeth Road, Mount Clemens, MI, 48043

http://health.macombgov.org/

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