Water tests above action level for lead in Jackson-area homes

BLACKMAN TWP., MI — Several Blackman Township homes were over a trigger measurement for lead according to recent testing, officials said in a public notice.

Officials collected tap water samples at 21 homes, according to a public notice on Monday. Four of them were over the “action level” of 15 parts per billion of lead. The 90th percentile of the township’s water supply was 132 parts per billion. The township is a customer of the Jackson Water Treatment Plant, a city resource.

An action level is not a health standard. Instead, it triggers additional measures, including investigative sampling and educational outreach through the public notice. All follow-up testing through municipal and private labs were under the action level at the four homes, Blackman Township Supervisor Pete Jancek said Tuesday.

Blackman Charter Township water customers can get more information on their service line or information on having drinking water tested for lead by contacting Jack L. Ripstra, the Blackman Township engineer at 517-789-9898 extension 1.

“Blackman Charter Township will soon send a comprehensive public education document about lead in drinking water,” according to the notice. “We will be collecting water samples at 40 sites every six months and reviewing the results to determine if corrective actions are necessary to reduce corrosion in household plumbing.”

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