What does the data show about children with elevated blood lead levels?

The Berrien County Health Department keeps track of elevated blood lead levels in at-risk children under the age of 6 in all Berrien County communities. Recent data has shown a decrease in elevated blood lead levels for children in Berrien County as well as those in the Benton Harbor zip code 49022. 


Percentage of At-Risk Children Under Age 6 With Elevated Blood Lead Levels
(above 5 μg/dL)


20112012201320142015201620172018
Berrien County5.2%5.3%3.8%3.0%3.8%3.5%2.8%2.5%
49022 Zip Code8.0%8.3%5.2%4.0%3.4%4.4%3.0%2.1%

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1. What is lead?
2. How can I be exposed to lead?
3. How does lead get into the water supply?
4. How can I prevent being exposed to lead in my water?
5. What should I do if I’m concerned about lead in my drinking water?
6. Why does flushing the water before drinking make it safe?
7. What are some of the health problems lead can cause?
8. Where can I get my child’s blood tested for lead?
9. What does an "elevated blood lead level" mean?
10. Should I have my child tested for lead?
11. What does the data show about children with elevated blood lead levels?
12. Where can I go to get my water tested?
13. Will it cost me anything to get my water tested for lead?
14. How was lead in the water discovered?
15. What is being done to solve this problem?
16. What else is the Berrien County Health Department doing?
17. What is a lead service line?
18. How do I know if I have a lead service line going to my house?
19. What about restaurants in the City of Benton Harbor? What are the recommendations?
20. Where can I go to find more information?