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The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) estimates there are more than 80,000 lead service lines delivering water to homes in Detroit. In the city of Detroit, lead service lines are most likely to be found in single-family homes built before 1945.
The water leaving the treatment plants that serve the city of Detroit does not contain lead, but lead can be released into drinking water from corrosion in lead service lines and household plumbing that contains lead. The water provided to DWSD customers contains a corrosion inhibitor to reduce corrosion of lead and other pipe materials into drinking water. If present, elevated levels of lead can cause serious health and developmental problems, especially for pregnant women and young children. Since 2018, DWSD has been working to verify lead service lines and replace them as part of the Asset Management Program.
As the Detroit Water & Sewerage Department (DWSD) continues to update our Verified Service Line Inventory records for the City of Detroit, we are also seeking grant funding for additional lead service line replacements, and your assistance in the verification process can be helpful to both you and your neighbors. DWSD continues to replace the existing lead service lines – the pipe providing water to a home from the water main – while on the same block as the water main replacement project. When your block comes up on the schedule, or if a grant funding is awarded to DWSD to perform individual lead service line replacement, we will notify you. Please note that completing this verification form does not guarantee DWSD will be able to replace your lead service line in the near future as that is dependent upon funding resources.
Before you complete the verification form, follow this online tool created by NPR to determine if you have a lead service line. During these steps, please take a photo of your service line taken near your basement wall or floor where the pipe enters your home to then upload when you submit the DWSD verification form.
Submit Your Lead Service Line Verification
To request for your water to be tested, please visit detroitmi.gov/DWSD and search “lead and copper sample request form”. If you do not have internet access, please call 313-267-8000 for further assistance.
Lead and Copper Sample Request Form
. The participating household must collect the tap water sample by adhering to the provided instructions. Any home where a collected sample has over 10 parts per billion of lead will be provided a water filter that meets the ANSI/NSF 53 standard for lead removal.
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The residential application is now open for this year's Michigan State Historic Preservation Tax Credit program! Owner-occupied residential applicants in historic districts like Boston-Edison may apply for the 2023 state historic preservation tax credit. There is a three-part application process to apply for the state credit, which will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Instructions, application forms, and more information are available from the state website. (More information is in this FAQ.) If you have any additional questions or need assistance, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A portion of the application requires a signature from a city official; these are handled by the Detroit Historic District Commission.
Pictured, Julian Goods, DSA Co-Director of Choirs accepting a HBEA check donation by Patricia Pickett, HBEA VP
As part of the Historic Boston Edison community outreach, $1,499 from the Holiday Home Tour proceeds were donated to the renowned Detroit School of Arts (DSA). This year the students of Vision Male Ensemble, Concert Choir, and Vocal Jazz have been invited to sing at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Martin Luther King Jr. Monument as a part of the We Have a Dream Choral Festival, a celebration in honor of the 60th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" Speech. Thecost per student is $1,499 which includes their transportation, lodging, meals, sightseeing including the Frederick Douglass Historical Sight and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, and more.
Over the years, DSA Vision Male Vocal Ensemble has performed at several HHT VIP Galas as well as a HBEA Children’s Concert for a modest donation. They have consistently not only performed for HBEA, but also many major events in the city of Detroit, South Africa among others.
How can you help their Dream come true? Consider donating to support these talented students.
By: Fatoumata Cissoko-Willis, Chair – Membership Committee
Council President Mary Sheffield hosted a guided walking tour, by The District Detroit, Olympia Development and Related organizations for community leaders of Detroit District 5. This event was an opportunity to learn how the contributions of these organizations have impacted our community and more specifically, our District. The tour included a first stop at WSU mike Ilitch School of Business, followed by a visit to The Eddystone (a 92-unit apartment). The tour also included a visit to Little Caesar Arena (LCA) and ended at Little Caesar’s Headquarters.
This was a very valuable opportunity for community leaders as it fostered engagement and knowledge sharing at another level and allowed us to speak with those who are actively building in our beloved city and District. This tour sets up the initial foundations of community engagement by which we can have the connection and continue the conversations to ensure with every step, progress and forward movement, the community/Detroiters are the center of thought.
I attended this tour event along with Katherine Allen, HBEA Treasurer. We give hats off to Council President Mary Sheffield for organizing this tour opportunity and always having her constituents in mind!
On April 1, the US Census Bureau released the census forms from the 1950 census. The census listed the names and occupations of all residents, including children and servants.
If you're interested in who lived in your house in 1950, visit the 1950 census site and search, or use our "research your home" page to find a direct link to the forms for your block. Links to earlier census data are also included.
Tour Boston-Edison in this YouTube video.
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