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    Keep Detroit Clean Poster Contest

    Detroit is hosting the NFL Draft in April 2024 and is inviting local students to participate in a poster contest. Prizes include laptops, game systems, tablets, and bikes. Join us by entering the contest and pledging to Keep Detroit Clean.

    Contest RulesThe contest consists of three levels: Elementary (Grades K-5), Middle (Grades 6-8), and High School (Grades 9-12), each with three winners and honorable mentions, totaling 12 prizes.

    Entries will be judged on:

    1. Adherence to contest themes: Keep Detroit Clean, Don’t Litter; and I Am Keeping My City Clean
    2. Design clarity, focusing on one of the themes and use of colors

    Posters must fall within these sizes: (8.5” x 11” to 17” x 11”).

    Each entry must be submitted with an official contest entry form affixed to the back of the poster. Entries become the property of the City of Detroit for promotional use. 

    Entries should be dropped off at the Detroit Water & Sewerage Department, 735 Randolph, Detroit, MI  48226 from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday.

    Eligibility Students must reside in the city of Detroit and can attend a public or private school, or be home schooled.

    Extended Deadline Deadline has been extended to Monday, March 18. Winners will be announced Monday, April 1.

    Contest Prizes

    1st Place - HP Pavilion Laptop One first-place winner at each level: Elementary, Middle, and High School (3 prizes in total)

    2nd Place - Nintendo Switch OR Huffy Hardtail Mountain Bike One second-place winner at each level: Elementary, Middle, and High School (3 prizes in total)

    3rd Place - Gotrax Hoverboard OR Amazon Fire HD 10 tablet One third-place winner at each level: Elementary, Middle, and High School (3 prizes in total)

    Honorable Mention - $50 VISA Gift CardOne honorable mention at each level: Elementary, Middle, and High School (3 prizes in total)

  • Thursday, March 16, 2023 6:51 PM | Helen Gales (Administrator)

    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.

    Confirm you have a lead service line with this NPR tool
    Add Your Home to the Lead Service Line Replacement Wait List

    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.


    What is a water service line and who is responsible?

    Do You Have a Lead Service Line?

    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

    Lead Service Line Replacement

    • Do I have a lead service line? Use this online tool to find out.
    • When can I get my lead service line replaced?
      • DWSD is replacing lead service lines throughout Detroit on a first come, first serve basis. Add your home to the lead service line replacement wait list now.
      • DWSD will replace the lead service line, with homeowner/occupant permission, when workers are on your block replacing the water main. If water main replacement is taking place in your neighborhood, you will be notified in advance of construction beginning.
    • How will I know if my street is next? The timing of outreach to your property will be dependent on the construction schedule and as funding becomes available. 
    • How can I get my water tested? DWSD, in partnership with the Great Lakes Water Authority, will test for lead in the water at no charge at homes where a child has tested positive for elevated blood lead levels, or when DWSD is replacing a lead service line. Learn more at the Lead and Water Testing page, submit this online form or complete and download this form.


    Lead Testing

    To request for your water to be tested, please visit 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

    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. 

    Detroit Health Department Lead Prevention and Intervention Program

    (313) 876-0133

    DWSD Lead Safe Hotline

    (313) 267-8000

    DWSD Public Affairs

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