Let’s Talk Water


Let’s Talk Water

I’m a mom of three girls and my main concern is their health including the food they eat and the beverages they drink.  We have given up plastic water bottles and I have thrown away all of their plastic cups, replacing them with new BPA free cups.  I buy organic whenever possible and limit their sugar intake, so my concern about the Rochester Hills water supply is at the top of the list when concerning my children.

Where does the city’s water come from?

The City of Rochester Hills water comes from the greatest freshwater supply in the world… The Great Lakes.  Lake Huron, the second largest of the lakes is specifically the source.

The secondary water source for The City of Rochester Hills is the Northeast Water Treatment Plant, which obtains its water from the Detroit River. The water is purchased from the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department.  The water is filtered and treated before being released to the community.

For more info contact the Department of Public Services at 248-656-4685

Does our water have fluoride?

The last time the water was tested was September, 2008.  At that time, there was 1.15 ppm detected in the water… ask your dentist if supplements are required.

Are you concerned about lead?

Hight levels of lead can cause serious health problems, especially for children and pregnant women.  Lead in water is primarily from materials and components associated with service lines and home plumbing.  When your water has been sitting for several hours, by flushing your tap for 30 seconds yo 2 minutes, you can minimize the potential for lead exposure before drinking and cooking.  If you are concerned and wish to have your water tested, you can find more information from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 800-426-4791 or at https://www.epa.gov/safewater/lead.

Written by Courtney Lawless

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Courtney is the traveling mom! She has 3 girls and is the founder of Detroit Mommies and currently lives in Florida. You can follow her on Twitter @courtneyRVL.