Prior to Monday, the Lansing Board of Water & Light wanted its customers with lead service lines to flush their taps 30 seconds to two minutes. At a news conference Monday, the BWL urged flushing pipes for seven minutes before drinking it.
The recommendation follows a test of 29 Lansing homes with lead pipes. Thirteen had lead levels at or above the EPA's action level of 15 parts per billion. But both the BWL and the consultant who conducted the study say the water is safe. Ingham County Medical Director Dean Sienko agrees. He tested 30 people living in homes with lead pipes, adults and children, and says the majority of them didn't even meet the detectable level.
In addition to urging longer flushing, the BWL will give customers with lead pipes free water filters and replacement cartridges. Using a filter eliminates the need for flushing. The filters will be available in a few weeks. If you are unsure whether you have lead pipes in your home please call the BWL customer service line at 702-6006.