Lead and Drinking Water

The City of Detroit’s drinking water is clean and safe to drink and it meets all federal and state regulatory standards under the Safe Drinking Water Act. The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) tested drinking water in 2016 and found that 100 percent of the homes tested were below the EPA’s action level. The water leaving the treatment plants does not contain lead, but lead can be released into drinking water from corrosion in service lines and household plumbing that contain 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 development problems, especially for pregnant women and young children.