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Lead Service Lines FAQs
Lead and Copper Video
Lead and Copper Rule – Frequently Asked Questions
Potential health effects of lead:
Potential health effects of copper:
https://nepis.epa.gov/Exe/ZyPDF.cgi?Dockey=P100LVYK.txt When replacing your plumbing, be sure to purchase pieces that meet the 2014 lead-free definition.
What is a service line?
The City of Saginaw will perform a two-part investigation to determine water service line materials. First, the City is currently reviewing records from water service line construction that contain information about the material, location, and dimensions of installed services. This information will form the preliminary distribution system materials inventory, which must be submitted to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) by January 1, 2020. The City has limited information on service extension materials on private property because prior to 2018 the homeowner was responsible for replacing the part of the service line on private property.
Next, the City will perform onsite investigations to visually inspect service line materials. The City will also need to access your home to determine material type before and after the meter. This may require excavation in certain areas to visually inspect the service line material. This is especially important in areas that are more likely to contain lead services, or on properties for which no construction records exist. This information will be added/or updated to the preliminary inventory to form a complete distribution system materials inventory, which will be submitted to the MDEQ by January 1, 2025. A comprehensive update of the materials inventory will be submitted to State of Michigan every five years.
Currently the City is replacing known lead and galvanized service lines in areas where construction projects are planned. In addition, the City is replacing lead and galvanized lines as leaks are discovered. Once the City of Saginaw has compiled the preliminary distribution system materials inventory, they will establish a program and schedule for the replacement of all lead and galvanized service lines as required by the Lead and Copper Rule. This schedule will span 20 years or more and be coordinated with other road, water, and sewer improvements and replacements to provide for the most efficient use of the City’s limited resources.
In 2018, the City applied for and received a $963,000 grant to begin implementation of the new State of Michigan Lead and Copper Rules. As part of the grant the City is:
The following sources were used in the development of these FAQ’s and can be used for additional information: