Alexander on Elevated Lead Levels in Garden City Drinking Water

DETROIT — Sen. Betty Jean Alexander (D-Detroit) has issued the following statement after Garden City notified residents that elevated levels of lead were detected in the drinking water of eight homes, out of the 31 targeted sample sites, with known lead service lines:

“The elevated levels of lead that were measured in the water of some homes in Garden City were detected because of the tougher sampling methods and standards that are now required for testing drinking water. No level of lead is safe, and everyone deserves access to safe, clean drinking water from their taps. 

“I will be meeting with people in the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy on this concerning matter and we will work together to ensure that proper procedures are being followed. My primary focus is making sure Senate District 5 communities receive the support and resources they need and get folks access to the safe tap water that they deserve.”

The Garden City Department of Public Works, Wayne County Department of Health and the Human and Veteran Services Public Health Division have partnered together to offer lead-reducing water filters to low-income families with children or pregnant women. The filters can be picked up today and tomorrow (Thursday, Oct. 17 and Friday, Oct. 18) from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Maplewood Community Center, 31735 Maplewood in Garden City.

Residents can learn more about the state’s revised Lead and Copper Rule here, or read more about plumbing fixtures and lead service lines — and how to determine if your home might have them — on the city’s website. For more information, call the Wayne County Public Health Division at (734) 727-7400.

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