Because of them, Ypsilanti is in a good position now to provide the transparency regulators want from water systems, in light of the Flint water crisis.
But because so many cities don’t have these records together, Michigan’s Department of Environmental Quality doesn’t know how many lead service lines there are in Michigan or where they’re located.
On private property, records for service lines in Grand Rapids are less accurate.
Flint: UM-Flint worked through records earlier this year.Nowadays, those lines are usually made of copper, sometimes plastic. “We know lead has serious and irreversible health effects and we also know that homes that are being served by lead service lines are really, essentially being served by lead straws,” Virginia Tech University professor Yanna Lambrinidou said.Back in the 1990s, the federal Lead and Copper Rule was passed to reduce lead exposure in water, especially for those people living in older cities, with lead service lines.Officials say they’re not sure how accurate the records are as many lines went in before Lincoln Park was a city.They says there’s probably some discrepancy over the private property side of the line.