You cannot see, smell, or taste lead in drinking water. If you suspect that your home’s plumbing or faucets could contain lead or lead-based solder, you should have your water tested. Testing your water for lead is the only way to know if it is there. If you are on a municipal water system, your water is tested for lead and other potential contaminants. A Consumer Confidence Report that includes testing results is sent annually to water users. You can obtain a copy of your report by contacting your water supplier. If the lead is above 15 parts per billion (ppb) in municipal water supply, the supplier is required to inform the public. A list of laboratories that test for lead can be found here: https://www.michigan.gov/documents/deq/Lead__Copper_Lab_Certs_526434_7.pdf
Contact a testing lab before having your water tested to confirm that they can test for lead, and obtain specific instructions for how you will collect, store, and transport the sample(s) you get from your home. There is a cost for having drinking water tested.
The Oakland County Health Division Laboratory also tests water for lead and copper for county residents. (Water source must be IN OAKLAND COUNTY)
Royal Oak residents can purchase a bottle for testing from one of the County office locations during normal business hours. Their address and phone numbers are:
- North Oakland Health Center 1200 N. Telegraph Rd. Pontiac, MI 48341 (248) 858-1280
- South Oakland Center 27725 Greenfield Rd. Southfield, MI 48076 (248) 424-7000
The cost for the bottle and drinking water analysis is $24.
The results of the analysis will be mailed within 10-14 business days.