Lead and Water Testing


The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) is required to perform lead and copper testing at residents' water taps every year under the Michigan Lead and Copper Rule (as of 2019). The department takes the quality of its water and service delivery to residential and nonresidential customers very seriously.

Drinking Water Quality: Lead and Copper Resources

  • View the Detroit Water Quality Reports.
  • DWSD will test for lead in the water at no charge at homes where a child has tested positive for elevated blood lead levels, or when DWSD is replacing a lead service line. If a child in your home has an elevated blood lead level, please call the Detroit Health Department at 313-876-0133 for support and to request a test for lead in the water. If DWSD is replacing a lead service line at your home you will be contacted directly for sampling opportunities.
  • You may also request a test for lead in water at your home by completing this online form or printing and mailing this form.
  • The participating household must collect the tap water sample by adhering to the provided instructions. For any other questions about sampling for lead in drinking water, please call 313-267-8000 and press option 7.
  • Learn more about lead programs offered by the Detroit Health Department.