While the additional testing is underway, flushing for at least 5 minutes can be an effective way to limit your exposure to lead from your water. You can flush your pipes by running your faucets, taking a shower, running a load of laundry, or doing a load of dishes for at least 5 minutes. After flushing, run the water from your faucet until cold before drinking or cooking with the water.
You can also use a water filter certified to reduce lead in the water (NSF 53 filters are certified to remove lead from water). A filter can be provided to you by the Berrien County Health Department at no charge to you. It is important to replace the filter’s cartridge as recommended by the manufacturer.