Benton Harbor continues lead testing throughout the city

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. – The City of Benton Harbor completed one week of lead testing as of Friday.

The city began testing the municipal water supply after learning that it exceeded the allowed lead levels.

The Benton Harbor Water Department provided water bottle testing kits for residents of the city at no charge in order to test lead levels in homes. 

The city has also given bottled water those whose homes have already tested positive for high lead levels, all at no cost to the residents.

According to the City of Benton Harbor, citizens can dial 2-1-1 to reach operators who can help with questions about water testing, exposure prevention, blood testing, and more. Operators are available 24/7 to assist callers.

As the testing continues, the City of Benton Harbor said that people should take the following actions to avoid lead exposure:

  • Run the water to a stable, cold temperature before drinking as this will flush out any potential contaminants.
  • Always use cold water for drinking or cooking.
  • Use bottled water for preparing baby formula.
  • Do not boil the water before drinking as boiling will not reduce the amount of lead in the water.
  • Remember, using the water for bathing or showering is safe.
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