CONTACT: Michael S. Sessions DATE: June 8, 2016
City Administrator / Clerk
PHONE: (517) 458 – 6828 ext. 102 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DETROIT NEWS ARTICLE REGARDING ELEVATED LEAD LEVELS IN LENAWEE COUNTY
MORENCI, MI – The City of Morenci has been made aware of an article in the Detroit News on June 7, 2016, regarding elevated lead levels in Lenawee County – and more specifically – in Morenci, as Morenci was ranked as having the sixth (6th) highest lead level in the state. The numbers cited in the article are from the “Provisional Data Report on Childhood Lead Testing and Elevated Levels: Michigan” released by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. These results are based upon the 49256 zip code. The 49256 zip code is a much greater area than just the city limits of the City of Morenci.
Additionally, numbers cited in the Detroit News article are based upon seven (7) reported cases in the 49256 zip code among children age six (6) or younger with a blood level containing lead => 5 ug/dl. The sample size was 53 children for the 49256 zip code. The report may be found by going to the following link, which is on the State of Michigan’s website: http://www.michigan.gov/documents/lead/Provisional_2015_Lead_report_526117_7.pdf.
It should be noted that the City of Morenci’s drinking water is tested on a three (3) year basis for lead contaminants. Last year was a year for such lead testing, which was done at the end of September 2015. The highest lead level found was 2.0 parts per billion (ppb) in four (4) samples out of ten (10) collected. Of the remaining samples, three (3) contained a lead level of 1.0 ppb, while lead contaminants could not be detected in three (3) other samples. This results in an overall lead level of 1.10 ppb for the City of Morenci. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) limit for lead contaminants in drinking water is 15.00 ppb. For a comparison, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allows up to 5.00 ppb of lead in bottled water. Due to the low level of lead found in City of Morenci drinking water, the City of Morenci has been placed on a three (3) year rotation for lead testing.
Law requires the City of Morenci to annually release a Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) related to the municipality’s drinking water. The report for 2014 is available on the City of Morenci’s website (www.CityofMorenci.org). The next CCR, which is for 2015, will be available on July 1, 2016.