Westland holds emergency meeting on possible lead issues

- An emergency meeting was held Monday evening about possible lead issues in the city of Westland.

Residents spoke out about water concerns after a city worker came forward with information about possible lead problems. The emergency city council meeting was standing-room only. Council members voted to spend $75,000 to test water samples from about 1,000 homes for water contamination.

Representatives from the Great Lakes Water Authority were on hand for the meeting and ensured residents their water is safe.

Their fears were stirred after whistleblower Frank Raymore alleged the city was not removing lead service lines after they were discovered.

Department of Public Service crews dug up yards over the weekend to confirm they were underground. Ten of the 11 service lines were copper, even though they were listed as lead in city documents.

The city will have a lab collect water samples and should have results within a few weeks.

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