Water Safety

Lead-contaminated dust is the most common source of lead exposure.

Lead-contaminated dust is the most common source of lead exposure.

Older homes may contain lead pipes or faucets that can contribute to lead exposure.  When lead pipes are moved or worked on near your home or within your home, lead may leach into the water as it passes through the pipes. 

If you have lead pipes, consider cleaning the aerator, flushing the water lines, and/or using a filter that is certified by the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) for lead removal.  For more information, see the resources below.

DRINKING WATER SUPPLIES IN KENT COUNTY

Your water is either from a public water supply or from a private well.  If you get a bill for your water, you are on a public water supply.  Public water suppliers are required to test household water for lead.  The same requirement does not apply to private wells.

To ensure drinking water is safe, public water supplies throughout Kent County are sampled under the Safe Drinking Water Act for compliance with the Lead and Copper Rule.  These water sources are closely monitored by the Kent County Health Department and the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE).  If your water is from a well, you are encouraged to test it for lead. For testing, contact the Kent County Health Department lab at 616-632-7210.

Resources

GRAND RAPIDS WATER QUALITY REPORT (2018)

The latest Grand Rapids water quality report document (PDF)
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MI LEAD SAFE - WATER

The latest Grand Rapids water quality report document (PDF)
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Provides extensive information on lead in water, including tips for reducing lead exposure.
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