Benton Harbor Raises Boil Water Advisory | Benton harbor
BENTON HARBOR – Residents of Benton Harbor are no longer advised to boil their drinking water, but must continue to filter it to remove possible lead, city officials said on Friday.
Residents were asked to boil their drinking water on Tuesday because a critical chemical had not been added to the water for about an hour at the Benton Harbor Water Filtration Plant.
“Since that time, extensive flushing and sampling has taken place to clean the system from possible contamination,” a press release read.
At 10 a.m. on Friday, water samples show that the water does not contain bacteria, so it no longer needs to be boiled.
But the water still needs to be filtered to remove any lead. The city has been subject to exceeding the state action level for lead in drinking water since fall 2018.
Now that the boil water advisory has been lifted, residents using water filters are recommended to obtain free replacement cartridges from the Berrien County Department of Health.
Residents can get a replacement water filter or cartridge free of charge by:
- Visit to the Department of Health between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. at 2149 E. Napier Ave.
- Call the Department of Health’s Water Response hotline at 800-815-5485
- Visit to the Center for Better Health at 100 W. Main St.
- For hours, visit shlcenterforbetterhealth.org or call 408-2258.
Customers not using filters certified to remove lead are advised to flush their hoses for at least five minutes after the water has been in the hoses for several hours if it is to be used for drinking, cooking or brushing. teeth.
Information on the city’s water filtration program is available at www.berriencounty.org/1599/City-of-Benton-Harbor.
More information can be found by contacting City Manager Ellis Mitchell at 927-8400 or emailing him at [email protected]