Lead Service Line Replacement Program

 

The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) estimates there are more than 80,000 lead service lines delivering water to homes in Detroit. In the city of Detroit, lead service lines are most likely to be found in single-family homes built before 1945.

 

The water leaving the treatment plants that serve the city of Detroit does not contain lead, but lead can be released into drinking water from corrosion in lead service lines and household plumbing that contains lead. The water provided to DWSD 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 developmental problems, especially for pregnant women and young children. Since 2018, DWSD has been working to verify lead service lines and replace them as part of the Asset Management Program.

 

What is a water service line and who is responsible?

 

Detroit Water & Sewerage Department

Lead Service Line Replacement Program

 

 

Lead Service Lines Replaced
in 2023
1,475

 

 

Lead Service Lines Replaced
since 2018
5,389

 

 

Neighborhood-by-Neighborhood Approach

Since 2018, DWSD has replaced 3,000 lead service lines through water main replacement projects and individual lead service line projects throughout the city. DWSD continues to replace the existing lead service lines – the pipe providing water to a home from the water main – while on the same block as the water main replacement project.

In Fall of 2022, DWSD received $90 million in funding from state and federal governments to dramatically speed up its Lead Service Line Replacement Program. In May 2023, DWSD started a neighborhood-by-neighborhood approach to replace lead service lines. Neighborhoods are prioritized based on density of housing built prior to 1945, significant number of children and seniors in the area, and likely high number of low-income households based on Census tracts.

DWSD started the accelerated lead service line replacements in two areas of Claytown in District 6 on Detroit’s southwest side. See below for current and upcoming neighborhoods.

Do You Have a Lead Service Line?

  • Do I have a lead service line? Use this online tool created by NPR or watch this YouTube video produced by DWSD to determine if you have a lead service line.
  • When can I get my lead service line replaced?
    • DWSD is replacing lead service lines throughout Detroit on a neighborhood-by-neighborhood basis. DWSD will contact you before coming to your neighborhood.
    • DWSD will replace the lead service line, with homeowner/occupant permission, when workers are on your block replacing the water main. If water main replacement is taking place in your neighborhood, you will be notified in advance of construction beginning.
  • How will I know if my street is next? The timing of outreach to your property will be dependent on the construction schedule and as funding becomes available. Check the list below to see the list of current and upcoming neighborhoods.
  • How can I get my water tested? DWSD, in partnership with the Great Lakes Water Authority, 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. Learn more at the Lead and Water Testing page, submit this online form or complete and download this form. The participating household must collect the tap water sample by adhering to the provided instructions. Any home where a collected sample has over 15 parts per billion of lead will be provided a water filter that meets the ANSI/NSF 53 standard for lead removal.

 

Current Neighborhoods*

  • Claytown
    • Michigan to Saint Stephens, Ternes to Casper
    • Florida to Chopin, McGraw to Edsel Ford Service Dr
  • Springwells
    • Vernor to Homer, Lawndale to Springwells
  • Oakman Blvd
    • Monica from Oakman Blvd to Elmhurst
    • Santa Rosa from Oakman Blvd to Elmhurst
    • Stoepel from Oakman Blvd to Elmhurst
  • Russell Woods
    • Fullerton from Broadstreet to Petoskey
    • Sturtevant from Livernois to Dexter
    • Cortland from Livernois to Dexter
  • Fitzgerald
    • Turner from Puritan to John C Lodge Service Dr
    • Woodingham from Puritan to John C Lodge Service Dr

 

Future Neighborhoods* (Not in order of construction)

  • Dexter-Linwood
    • Burlingame from Dexter to Linwood
    • Lawrence from Dexter to Linwood
    • Collingwood from Dexter to Linwood
    • Calvert from Dexter to Linwood
    • Glynn Ct from Dexter to Linwood
  • Jamison
    • Clairmount from Dexter to Linwood
    • Taylor from Dexter to Linwood
    • Hazelwood from Dexter to Linwood
  • Bagley
    • Monica from 7 Mile to Curtis
    • Santa Rosa from 7 Mile to Curtis
    • Stoepel from 7 Mile to Curtis
  • Oak Grove
    • Greenlawn from Pembroke to W Outer Dr
    • Woodingham from Pembroke to W Outer Dr
    • Santa Barbara from Pembroke to W Outer Dr
    • Pennington from Pembroke to W Outer Dr
    • San Juan from Pembroke to W Outer Dr
    • Prairie from Pembroke to W Outer Dr
    • Monica from Pembroke to W Outer Dr
    • Santa Rosa from Pembroke to W Outer Dr
    • Stoepel from Pembroke to W Outer Dr
  • Buffalo-Charles
    • Eldridge from Contant to Carpenter
    • Talbot from Contant to Buffalo
    • Casmere from Contant to Buffalo
    • Harold from Contant to Buffalo
  • Pulaski Park
    • Hoover from E State Fair to 7 Mile
    • Rowe from E State Fair to 7 Mile
    • Annott from E State Fair to 7 Mile
    • Bradford from E State Fair to 7 Mile
    • Dresden from E State Fair to 7 Mile
  • Mapleridge
    • Fordham from Morang to Moross
    • Eastwood from Morang to Kelly
    • Saratoga from Morang to Kelly
    • Faircrest from Morang to Kelly
    • Linnhurst from Morang to Kelly
    • Glenwood from Morang to Kelly
  • Morningside
    • Balfour from W Warren to Mack
    • Chatsworth from W Warren to Mack
    • Berkshire from W Warren to Mack
    • Buckingham from W Warren to Mack
  • Pingree Park
    • Seminole from E Forest to Mack
    • Iroquois from E Forest to Mack
    • Seneca from E Canfield to Mack
    • Burns from E Forest to Mack
  • Barton-McFarland
    • Kentucky from Joy to Tireman
    • Indiana from Joy to Tireman
    • Wisconsin from Joy to Tireman
  • Grandmont-Rosedale
    • W Outer Dr from Grand River to Chalfonte
    • Westwood from W Outer Dr to Davison
    • Grandville from Grand River to Davison
    • Piedmont from Grand River to Davison

 

*Lead service line replacement will take place on specified streets within these neighborhoods. Streets are chosen based on available data including age of the homes, number of seniors and children, likely high number of low-income households based on Census tracts, and verified lead services.  THE ENTIRE NEIGHBORHOOD IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE PROJECT. If your street is not listed, DWSD will return to your area to replace the lead service lines. Per state law, all lead service lines will be replaced by 2040.