If you own a home, you’ve probably replaced appliances, furniture, and maybe a faucet or two.
But most people have likely never replaced their water service line—the pipe that brings water into your home.
That’s exactly what the City of Ferndale will be doing for the roughly 30% of homes and properties in the City that contain full or partial lead service lines. We've been working to identify and inventory service lines throughout the City and, following City Council’s Feb. 8 approval, will begin replacing 7% of our lead service lines annually, beginning in spring 2021.
The water Ferndale delivers to customers is lead-free, but lead can get into water if it passes through a lead service line. Lead in drinking water can cause health problems for people of all ages, particularly pregnant women, infants, and young children. The surest way to protect against lead in water is to get the lead out altogether.
For the best use of resources—environmental, fiscal, and beyond—the City will verify and replace lead service lines based on existing scheduled construction work:
This way, lead service line replacements can be done along with the work already happening on your streets or water mains, allowing for fewer periods of construction noise, service interruptions, etc.
If your service line is scheduled for replacement in 2021, the City will mail you a letter in later winter letting you know. You'll then receive a follow-up letter and subsequent door-hanger as your construction time approaches.
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