Kalamazoo explains its water safety measures

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — As Flint deals with a drinking water crisis caused by lead contamination, the city of Kalamazoo is assuring residents that their water is safe.

In a Thursday release, Kalamazoo said its water system, the second largest groundwater drinking system in the state, is in compliance with the 1992 Safe Drinking Water Act Lead and Copper Rule and all subsequent revisions.

The city says an annual lead service replacement program has been in effect for more than 20 years — and though there are still some lead service lines, the says it replaces lead pipes during street restoration projects, line break repairs and whenever testing finds there is too much lead in the water. The city also uses chemicals in the water to prevent pipe corrosion and contamination.

Kalamazoo tests the water 10,000 each year at various spots. The results of those tests can be found in the water quality report, which is released each year.

Anyone with questions or concerns about the water can contact the Public Services Department at 269.337.8660. Anyone who wishes to have their water tested can contact the city laboratory at 269.337.8550.

The city says the most common source of lead exposure in Kalamazoo is from lead paint used in older homes.

There are a number of contractors in the state who are certified to deal with lead who can check your home’s lead risk.

Earlier this week, Grand Rapids also released questions and answers about its drinking water in an effort to ease residents’ concerns.

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PDF: Kalamazoo 2014 water quality report

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Centers for Disease Control on lead exposure prevention

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