Statewide Recommendation for Michigan Households
MDHHS recommends that Michigan households use a certified lead-reducing drinking water filter if your home has or if you are uncertain if it has one of the following:
- Lead or galvanized plumbing.
- A lead service line carrying water from the street to their residence.
- Old faucets and fittings that were sold before 2014.
Use the filter until you are able to remove sources of household lead plumbing, such as:
- Replace pre-2014 faucets.
- Get a lead inspection and replace needed plumbing.
Maintain Your Drinking Water
Lead found in drinking water is soluble or particulate. Soluble lead is lead that is dissolved in water. Particulate lead is small pieces of lead from lead-containing material. Either type of lead can get into your drinking water when pipes or faucets containing lead begin to break down or dissolve. The amount of lead that can end up in drinking water depends on:
- Water chemistry (what is in the water).
- Contact with lead-containing items (if it passes through lead plumbing or fixtures).
- Water use (how often and in what amount water runs through plumbing and fixtures).
- Construction or plumbing repairs in the street or home (particulate lead can be released).
Lead can get into drinking water from:
- Environmental contamination sites.
- Natural sources in the environment.
Lead can be found in well water or other ground water sources.
Below are tips that everyone can use to help maintain your home’s drinking water quality.
- You can keep water moving by doing everyday activities, such as:
- Running a load of laundry.
- Washing dishes
- Taking a shower.
- Flushing toilets.
- Clean the aerators on faucets at least once every six months to remove trapped debris. Follow this online guide to learn more: Cleaning Your Aerators
- Before using the water from any faucet for drinking or cooking, run the cold water until it goes from room temperature to cold.
The Threat of Lead in Drinking Water
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that no safe blood lead level has been identified for young children. All sources of lead exposure for children should be controlled or eliminated. Lead can be found throughout a child’s environment including their homes. Homes built before 1978 can contain lead-based paint and dust, which is a well-established cause of child exposure to lead. Children can also be exposed to lead in their household drinking water due to corrosion of older water service lines and pipes, faucets, and fittings inside the home. This can occur on homes served by a private well or a public water supply.
Drinking Water Education Materials
If you have questions, please contact the MDHHS Drinking Water Hotline at 844-934-1315.