Resident discovers lead pipe in yard, city records indicate lead - WNEM TV 5

Resident discovers lead pipe in yard, city records indicate lead pipes were replaced

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Lead pipes are an issue across Mid-Michigan, but many might not even know they are exposed to them.

A man was digging up his yard to fix a leak when he discovered pipes, that according to the city, aren't supposed to be there.

"We never would have thought that they were lead pipes," said Anthony Ayres, Bay City resident.

Ayres discovered the lead pipes were not only connected to his home, but also to the city.

His neighborhood is supposed to be lead free, Ayres said.

"I think the city should be responsible to fix it," he said.

City officials said their records indicate the lead pipes were replaced in 1982. When they went to Ayres' residence to check out the pipes, they admitted part of the service line is still lead.

"Part of it, we're seeing that the records indicated that they only repaired what was broke years ago. So possibly up by the stop box what he sees is lead," said Robert Dion, Bay City's water distribution manager.

If Ayres replaces the portion of the pipes he is responsible for, the city will replace its side, Dion said.

"We are going to work to fix it if that customer is replacing their side. We're going to get our crews together, call Miss Digg and we're going to get out there and get that replaced," Dion said.

While city officials are working to replace any lead pipes in Bay City, Dion said residents should not be worried about lead leaching into their water.

"We insert corrosion control out at the plant, which keeps it from leaching lead into your water.

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