What is being done to solve this problem?

The City of Benton Harbor issued a Public Advisory in October 2018 for all its water customers to notify them of the lead exceedance. This included further action including additional investigation into the source of the lead, and educational outreach to customers.  Additional water testing was recently conducted by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and will be ongoing as more results are gathered. Based on these preliminary results, the recommended flushing time for water has been increased to 5 minutes.

The homes that tested above the Action Level of 15ppb for lead will receive follow-up and additional testing from MDHHS and water filters from the Berrien County Health Department. This work is currently in progress.

Additionally, the Berrien County Health Department will be making water filters available for any city resident who would like to have one. See above for information regarding filter distribution.

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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?