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Lead in Your Water

Ever since Flint, Michigan caught the world’s attention, communities around the Great Lakes region have been taking a closer look at their drinking water.

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Lead in Your Water

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From NPR: Check if you have lead pipes in your home
- by GLN Editor

NPR developed a tool to make it easier for you to check if your drinking water is at risk for lead exposure and what kinds of solutions are available to you if that’s the case. Follow the steps to learn more about the pipes in your home.

Breaking news from Benton Harbor:

Here is Great Lakes Now’s recent work about the issue of lead in drinking water:

Program to help Benton Harbor residents with water bills
- by The Associated Press

The federally-funded program is designed to help households that have had water disconnected or are facing disconnection pay to have it restored. That includes other potential related costs including trash, cable and internet, according to the Michigan Department of Human Services and Benton Harbor.

Judge OKs $626 million settlement in Flint water litigation
- by The Associated Press

A judge on Wednesday approved a $626 million deal to settle lawsuits filed by Flint residents who found their tap water contaminated by lead following disastrous decisions to switch the city’s water source and a failure to swiftly acknowledge the problem.

Mayor says Benton Harbor will need more support from state to fix water system
- by Michigan Radio

The federal and state regulators said they found dozens of deficiencies in the water system that need to be fixed.

EPA to begin testing water at 300 Benton Harbor homes
- by The Associated Press

EPA officials will collect water samples in Benton Harbor, according to The Herald-Palladium. The process is expected to last several weeks.

Docs: Benton Harbor water response marked by delays, poor messaging
- by Bridge Michigan

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy had ordered Benton Harbor to fix water system problems, including several that predated the lead contamination crises. But the city, lacking enough money or staff to quickly comply, had sought extension after extension.

From NPR: Check if you have lead pipes in your home
- by GLN Editor

NPR developed a tool to make it easier for you to check if your drinking water is at risk for lead exposure and what kinds of solutions are available to you if that’s the case. Follow the steps to learn more about the pipes in your home.

Drinking Water News Roundup: Vanderburgh County boil advisory, EPA in Benton Harbor, Chapleau water advisory
- by Maya Sundaresan

Catch the latest drinking water updates with Great Lakes Now’s biweekly headline roundup.

Benton Harbor on edge as lead water crisis persists
- by The Associated Press

The water system in Benton Harbor has tested for elevated levels of lead for three consecutive years. In response, residents have been told to drink and cook with bottled water and the state has promised to spend millions replacing lead service lines.

Michigan to pay $300K to only staffer fired over Flint water
- by The Associated Press

The deal with Liane Shekter Smith, who was head of the state’s drinking water division, came weeks after an arbitrator said she was wrongly fired in 2016 by officials who were likely looking for a “public scapegoat.”

Michigan environmental leader admits flaws with Benton Harbor lead crisis
- by Bridge Michigan

Michigan regulators on Wednesday admitted that poor communications by the state may have kept some Benton Harbor residents from being aware of the scope of the lead problem within the municipal water system.

EPA orders Benton Harbor to fix water plant
- by The Associated Press

A Michigan city that is urging residents not to drink tap water failed to timely warn people about high levels of lead and must make improvements at the water plant, federal regulators said Tuesday after an inspection revealed a variety of problems.

Software to help inventory lead water lines in Detroit
- by The Associated Press

Data crunched with software from technology startup BlueConduit will hopefully provide a report of the probable locations and number of lead lines, the water department said.