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Lead and Drinking Water

The City of Detroit’s drinking water is clean and safe to drink and it meets or exceeds all federal and state regulatory standards under the Safe Drinking Water Act. The water leaving the treatment plants does not contain lead, but lead can be released into drinking water from corrosion in service lines (the pipes transporting water from the water main to your home) and household plumbing that contain lead. The water provided to Detroit Water and Sewerage Department customers contains a corrosion inhibitor to reduce corrosion of lead and other pipe materials into drinking water. If present, elevated levels of lead can cause serious health and development problems, especially for pregnant women and young children.


Read the Detroit Water Quality Reports.
If you have a lead service line or children in the home with elevated blood lead levels (EBLL), you can request from water testing here.


To check if you have a lead service line, use these step-by-step instructions.