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Lead test results reveal positive news for Detroit residents who drink tap water

Numbers trending in right direction, tests show

DETROIT – New lead tests revealed good news for the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department and residents who drink tap water in Detroit. Results showed while there’s still work to be done, the numbers are trending in the right direction.

After the Flint water crisis, the quality of water in the state of Michigan became a major concern. In fact, because of Flint, testing standards in Michigan were changed.

Now testing is more thorough and rigorous. While some cities are reporting spikes in lead levels, Tuesday was a good day for DWSD.

The numbers have improved and the water is safe, tests showed. But anyone with old faucets in their homes or lead service lines could have an increased risk of higher lead levels. There’s work that needs to be done to upgrade Detroit infrastructure, but that will be a massive, expensive job that takes years.

Lead paint remains a bigger concern in Detroit homes.

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