Wayne County hotline to take questions about lead

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News

Due to growing interest sparked by the Flint water crisis, Wayne County has set up a hotline for homeowners concerned about lead.

Residents can call (734) 727-7237 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays to get information about services the county’s Department of Health, Veterans and Community Wellness offers if they are concerned their children or family members have come in contact with lead.

After-hours and weekend callers can leave messages and a specialist will make contact within a business day.

The hotline also can provide information about Lead Safe Wayne County, a program that helps Wayne County homeowners outside of Detroit ensure their homes are safe from lead.

County officials said Flint residents can call the hotline to get answers to general questions about the city’s water crisis, when stems from lead leaching from pipes into drinking water.

“We recognize the enormous task and the effort that the Genesee County Health Department is experiencing through this lead ordeal,” Dr. Mouhanad Hammami, director of the department. “This hotline will help provide additional information for Flint residents to help our colleagues at Genesee County and to inform Wayne County residents of programs we provide that may address any lead concerns they have.”

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