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Lead & Copper Information

Lead Service Lines:

The City of Bronson (City) was awarded a Drinking Water Asset Management Grant (DWAM) in 2021. As part of the grant, the City completed a water service material verification project. The section below summarizes the work activities and findings of the water service material verification efforts. Information herein may be utilized by the City in completing updates to the Distribution System materials Inventory (DSMI).

A summary of the water service line material findings are as follows:
  • The City’s water system has 937 total known water service lines. Of these, 858 services are for active potable accounts.
  • The City’s water system has seventy-six (79) services which are inactive accounts, partial services, or non-potable services such as irrigation, sprinkler, or fire protection.
  • The City has physically verified 800 of the 858 active potable service line materials inside the structures.
  • The City has potholed or verified 315 of the 858 active potable service line materials at the curb box.
  • The City did not pothole any services at the water main, and assumes the material found at the curb box is the same at the water main. Specifically, if the material at the curb box is verified to be lead or galvanized, it is assumed to be lead.
  • The City has fully verified materials for 289 water service lines, of which ninety-six (96) contain no lead or galvanized and 193 contain a portion of galvanized or lead and require either partial or full replacement.
In the Document Center below, you can find the full DSMI report for the City of Bronson along with two maps. The Federal Classification Map shows properties that are classified as Lead, Known Galvanized Previously Connected to Lead (a galvanized service that WAS previously connected to lead), and Non-Lead. The Replacement Needs Map shows which properties need a full replacement, no replacement, or partial replacement either on the house side or the public side. 

What is a service line?

The service line connects the water main to the property. The water utility owns the utility owned portion of the service line and the customer owns the customer owned portion of the service line.

Reducing Potential Lead Exposure from Drinking Water

EGLE Guidance:

Check if you home has a lead service line. 
Homes with lead service lines have a higher risk of having high lead levels in drinking water.  Please contact your water supply for more information.

Run your water before drinking.
The more time water has been sitting in your home's pipes the more lead it may contain. Therefore, if your water has not been used for several hours, run the water before using it for drinking or cooking. This flushes lead-containing water from the pipes. Additional flushing may be required for homes that have been vacant or have a longer service line.

  • If you do not have a lead service line, run the water for 30 seconds to two minutes, or until it becomes cold or reaches a steady temperature.
  • If  you do have a lead service line, run the water for at least five minutes to flush water from both the interior building plumbing and the lead service line.

Do not boil water to remove lead.
Boiling will not remove the lead.

Use cold water for drinking and cooking.
Do not cook with or drink water from the hot water tap. Lead dissolves more easily into hot water.

Use cold water for preparing baby formula.
Do not use water from the hot tap to make baby formula. If you have a lead service consider using bottled water or a lead-reducing filter to prepare baby formula.

Clean your faucet aerator.
As part of routine maintenance, the aerator on the end of your faucet should be removed at least every six months to rinse out any debris that may include particulate lead.

Consider using a water filter.
Read packaging to find a filter that meets NSF/ANSI Standard 53 for the reduction of lead. Be sure to maintain and replace the filter device in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions to protect water quality.

Consider replacing older plumbing fixtures that likely contain lead.
Older faucets, fittings, and valves sold before 2014 may contain higher levels of lead, even if marked "lead-free." Faucets, fittings. and valves sold after January 2014 are required to meet a more restrictive "lead-free" definition but may still contain up to 0.25 percent lead.

Flush your cold-water pipes after long periods of non-use.
If you are moving into a new home or apartment or residence that has been unoccupied for some time, you should run all faucets an extended period of time, five minutes or more, before using any water for drinking or cooking.

Learn about your drinking water.
Read your community's Consumer Confidence Report that is mailed to you each year or find it at your local water utility's website. If you wish to get your drinking water tested, call your water supply or use a certified lab. To find a certified lab, go to the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy home page, and search "certified lab list."

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City of Bronson Lead & Copper Information4 documents

  • Federal Classification Map 36x48L.pdf
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  • 2024-05 Bronson -Distribution System Material Inventory (DSMI)
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  • Replacement Needs Map 36x48L.pdf
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  • 2024-Excel List Line-by-Line Inventory
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