Lead and Copper in Drinking Water
Lead and copper are common metals found in the environment. Drinking water is one possible source of exposure to these metals due to their widespread use in distribution system materials.
Please visit Michigan.gov/MILeadSafe for information on exposure to lead in drinking water and more.
The purpose of the Lead and Copper Rule (LCR), is to control lead and copper levels by reducing water corrosivity. All community and nontransient noncommunity water supplies (types of public water supplies) must meet the LCR requirements.
Drinking Water in Schools
Drinking Water Councils
- Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): Basic Information about Lead in Drinking Water
- EPA infographic of lead sources in your drinking water (PDF)
- Centers for Disease Control (CDC): Lead Exposure Information
- American Water Works Association (AWWA): Lead Resource Community
- AWWA's video: Together, Let's Get the Lead Out
- Certified Drinking Water Laboratories - Lead and Copper
- Certified Drinking Water Laboratories - All Contaminants
- Reducing Potential Lead Exposure from Drinking Water (PDF)
- Cleaning Your Aerators (PDF)
- Particulate Lead (PDF)
- Potential Impacts of Construction Activity on Water Quality (PDF)
- Partial Lead Service Line Replacement (PDF)
- Galvanized Service Lines (PDF)
- Identifying Drinking Water Filters Certified to Reduce Lead (PDF)
- How to Identify Lead Free Plumbing Products (PDF)
- Costs of Lead Exposure Summary (PDF)
- Cost of Lead Exposure and Remediation in Michigan: Update (PDF)