Kent County to begin testing water for lead, copper, arsenic
Grand Rapids — The health department in Kent County plans to begin testing its water supply for lead, copper and arsenic next month.
Kent County Health Department lab manager Allyson Chirio tells the Grand Rapids Press that the new testing isn’t in response to dangerous lead levels in Flint’s water, but it could ease a backlog of water testing coming into the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.
Currently, the county tests water samples for things like E. coli, fluoride, chloride, iron and sodium. But testing for lead is handled by the state.
New equipment will be installed next week so the department can start testing water by mid-February.
The tests will cost $18 per metal.