The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) estimates there are more than 80,000 lead service lines delivering water to homes in Detroit. In the city of Detroit, lead service lines are most likely to be found in single family homes built before 1945.
The water leaving the treatment plants that serve the city of Detroit does not contain lead, but lead can be released into drinking water from corrosion in lead service lines and household plumbing that contains lead. The water provided to DWSD customers contains a corrosion inhibitor to reduce corrosion of lead and other pipe materials into drinking water. If present, elevated levels of lead can cause serious health and developmental problems, especially for pregnant women and young children. Since 2018, DWSD has been working to verify lead service lines and replace them as part of the Asset Management Program.
As the Detroit Water & Sewerage Department (DWSD) continues to update our Verified Service Line Inventory records for the City of Detroit, we are also seeking grant funding for additional lead service line replacements, and your assistance in the verification process can be helpful to both you and your neighbors. DWSD continues to replace the existing lead service lines – the pipe providing water to a home from the water main – while on the same block as the water main replacement project. When your block comes up on the schedule, or if a grant funding is awarded to DWSD to perform individual lead service line replacement, we will notify you. Please note that completing this verification form does not guarantee DWSD will be able to replace your lead service line in the near future as that is dependent upon funding resources.
Before you complete the verification form, follow this online tool created by NPR to determine if you have a lead service line. During these steps, please take a photo of your service line taken near your basement wall or floor where the pipe enters your home to then upload when you submit the DWSD verification form.
Submit Your Lead Service Line Verification
While DWSD is on a block replacing a water main, it will identify which service lines are made of lead. With homeowner or occupant permission, the DWSD contractor will replace the lead service line at no cost to the property owner.
To request for your water to be tested, please visit detroitmi.gov/DWSD and search “lead and copper sample request form”. If you do not have internet access, please call 313-267-8000 for further assistance.
Lead and Copper Sample Request Form
. The participating household must collect the tap water sample by adhering to the provided instructions. Any home where a collected sample has over 10 parts per billion of lead will be provided a water filter that meets the ANSI/NSF 53 standard for lead removal.
We realized that we made a mistake and omitted some of our 2021 graduates from the last newsletter. We are extremely sorry for this mistake and send our deepest apologies to the graduates and their families for the omission.
Please help us in congratulating these additional 2021 Graduates.
Brian G. Gary, son of Mr. & Mrs. Brian & Anita Gary, graduated from Loyola High School Detroit
He will be attending Ferris State University, Majoring in Television & Digital Media Production
Jason Christopher Stewart II, the grandson of Darrell & Yvette Stewart on Chicago Blvd, graduated from Notre Dame Preparatory High School Summa Cum Laude and will be attending Northeastern University, majoring in Engineering.
George & Sandra Hall, Chicago Blvd. extend well wishes to their granddaughters Layla & Sydney on their accomplishments:
Layla Wagner - Promoted to Middle School at Southfield Christian (SCS).
Sydney Wagner - Promoted to second grade at (SCS).
Yard waste collection for 2022 is beginning city-wide the week of April 4th. For Boston-Edison, our first yard waste pickup will be Wednesday April 13th (the same day as bulk trash). Get your yard waste out, and remember to adhere to the city's guidelines.
On April 1, the US Census Bureau released the census forms from the 1950 census. The census listed the names and occupations of all residents, including children and servants.
If you're interested in who lived in your house in 1950, visit the 1950 census site and search, or use our "research your home" page to find a direct link to the forms for your block. Links to earlier census data are also included.
The March 2022 HBEA Newsletter is available on-line. Check it out!
Celebrate Earth Month by recycling your unused, secondary, or inefficient appliances including refrigerators, freezers, and more!
Earn Bonus Rebates when you Recycle your Small and Large Appliances at our Upcoming Drop-Off Event
Saturday, April 2
9:00AM – 3:00 PM
18605 Eureka Rd,
Southgate, MI 48195
Day of Raffle: It’s a win-win!
When you make a qualifying drop-off, we will enter you in a raffle held at the end of the day to win a $100 Visa gift card. You do not need to be present to win.
*In the form of a check.
Your safety is our top priority. Personal Protection Equipment will be worn by all Appliance Recycling on-site staff
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