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EGLE joins others at water resource fair in Benton Harbor to provide information, drinking water test kits

People stop by EGLE's table at the Benton Harbor Water Resource Fair.The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) was part of a collaborative effort at a water resource fair in Benton Harbor last week. The event is part of EGLE's ongoing work to assist the City of Benton Harbor reduce lead levels in the municipal water system.

Along with representatives from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the city of Benton Harbor, the Berrien County Health Department and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, six EGLE staffers provided information about resources and home drinking water test kits to those who attended.

EGLE and other state agencies have accelerated a massive support and assistance effort in Benton Harbor, where high lead levels in the aging drinking water system have triggered three consecutive years of exceedances. Samples from the most recent Benton Harbor six-month sampling period are being collected and will be made public once they have undergone official review.

Caption: People stop by EGLE's table at the Benton Harbor Water Resource Fair.

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