Detroit Water and Sewerage Department Tests Discolored Hospital Water

Henry Ford Hospital is not using its tap water after sedimentation from nearby construction caused water discoloration.

The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department is testing water samples after Henry Ford Hospital reported discoloration in its tap water. The city says sediment began flowing through the water system because of M-1 Rail construction on Woodward in the New Center area. The hospital is using bottled water for hand washing and drinking. DWSD spokesperson Bryan Peckinpaugh says the city has not issued a water advisory.

“No commercial buildings, including schools, don’t have lead pipes leading into their facilities because lead pipes are smaller in diameter. We just want to make sure that people are aware that there is no lead in this water as a result of this incident.”

Bryan Peckinpaugh, Spokesperson for the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department

Peckinpaugh says the Fisher Building and Cadillac Place were also affected by sedimentation in the water main. He says the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department has not received any reports from residents nearby of any discoloration in their drinking water.


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