EGLE’s Water Service Line Verification Underway

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) revised the lead and copper rule for community drinking water, requiring municipalities to gather and update water service line material information for all structures connected to the distribution system. This has been an ongoing project for the City of Mt. Pleasant’s Water Department.

Starting the week of May 16, 2022 material verification will take place north of Broadway Street and west of Harris Street. During this process the water department will be digging down to the water service in the right of way. Once the water line material is identified (likely plastic or copper) the area will be backfilled and restored with topsoil and seed. Water service will not be interrupted. Households in future verification areas throughout the city will be notified with door hangars as the time draws closer. 

This work is being funded by a grant from the State of Michigan and insures compliance with the state’s lead and copper rule. Although the city does not know of any lead services that currently exist in the water distribution system, this process will verify the current inventory. If you have any questions about this process please call the Division of Public Works at 989-779-5400.

EGLE’s Water Service Line Material Identification Inventory

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) recently revised the lead and copper rule for community drinking water, requiring municipalities to gather and update water service line material information for all structures connected to the distribution system.

Participation from residents is essential for completing this inventory and the City of Mt. Pleasant Water Department is asking for your help.

Please email your name, address, and whether you have a lead, galvanized steel, copper, or plastic service line to jhockemeyer@mt-pleasant.org by November 4, 2019. If you have questions regarding this inventory, please call (989) 779-5427.

How to identify service line material:

  1. Locate the water meter. (Found inside the building.) Follow the water pipes in the basement or crawl space. Look near your water heater, furnace, or washer/dryer. The meter may also be under a kitchen or bathroom sink, inside the cabinet.

 

  1. Locate the service line. This is the pipe which comes up from the floor or out of the wall before the water meter. Water meters generally have an arrow printed on the body. The service line will be on the upstream side of the arrow. (See photo.)

 

  1. Identify the material. Lead, Galvanized Steel, Copper, or Plastic

Material details for identification:

Lead

  • Grey in color.
  • Non-magnetic
  • Soft metal, easy to mark.
  • Connections resemble a bulb shape.

Galvanized Steel

  • Silver/grey in color.
  • Magnetic
  • May observe red/rusty areas.

Copper

  • Similar color and shine of a Penny.
  • May have green and blue coloration.
  • Non-magnetic

Plastic

  • Blue or black in color.
  • Lettering or stripes may be imprinted.

Visit http://www.mt-pleasant.org/docs/dept/water/8.19.19.egle.flyer.REVISED.pdf for a helpful identification guide.