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The Michigan Safe Drinking Water Act has changed to better protect your health. New water sampling rules have been added to better detect possible lead in your drinking water. These changes require communities, including Birmingham, with lead service lines and older housing stock, to do more sampling. This new sampling method is expected to result in higher lead results, not because the water source or quality for residents has changed, rather, because the Act has more stringent sampling procedures and analysis.
Since 1992 and in accordance with the Act, the City has been conducting testing for lead and copper at sampling locations throughout the City. On this webpage, you will find an important Public Advisory concerning recent testing results of tap water in more than 30 of the estimated 500 homes with lead service lines here in the City. Please take time to read this Public Advisory carefully. It will provide you context and understanding concerning five of the test results as it relates to lead levels in the water. It will also outline actions that you can take as well as steps the City will be taking. You will also find links to a number of resources from the State of Michigan, Oakland County and other sources.
The City held a community forum on November 14th at Seaholm High School. Attendees learned about changes to the state's new lead and copper rules. The forum included representatives from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), South Oakland County Water Authority (SOCWA) and the Oakland County Health Division, along with City representatives. Keep an eye on this page for video footage from the forum coming soon. Download presentations by the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services, City of Birmingham and the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes & Engergy.
State of Michigan
State Certified Labs
Gov. Whitmer and state officials discuss changes to the Michigan Safe Water Drinking Act
Oakland County Health Division
Download a flier from the Oakland Co. Health Division to help determine if you are eligible for a filter from the state.
Oakland County Health Division Labratory-DRINKING WATER ANALYSIS FEES
Bottles can be purchased from one of the County office locations during normal business hours. Their address and phone numbers are:
North Oakland Health Center 1200 N. Telegraph Rd. Pontiac, MI 48341 (248) 858-1280
South Oakland Center 27725 Greenfield Rd. Southfield, MI 48076 (248) 424-7000
Prices are as follows COUNTY RESIDENTS (water source must be IN OAKLAND COUNTY)
Partial Chemical $10
LEAD and COPPER $24
OUT OF COUNTY (water source outside of OAKLAND COUNTY)
Partial Chemical $18
The Nurse on Call (NOC) hotline offers information about health and related resources. Calls are answered by Oakland County Health Division Public Health Nurses Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Contact NOC by calling 800-848-5533 or via email at email@example.com
Birmingham Public Schools
SOCWA (South Oakland County Water Authority)
The State of Michigan's Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) has produced an informative video to help you understand how to use a Lead and Copper water testing kit.