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Posted on: August 8, 2023

DPW Will Begin Going Door to Door to Conduct Water Service Pipe Material Surveys This Week

Close up image of iron pipes

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Staff from the City of East Lansing’s Department of Public Works (DPW) will be going door to door beginning the week of Aug. 7 to inspect water service pipes entering individual buildings and identify what materials make up those pipes.

The survey is part of an ongoing effort to identify the location of lead components within the water distribution system. Although water service pipes are privately owned where they enter a building, the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) requires water system owners to have a complete inventory of water service pipe material type by January 1, 2025. When lead components are left undisturbed, they pose no safety risk; however, DPW will replace all lead service pipe components over the next several years at no cost to the individual property owners.

Inspections are free and typically completed by DPW staff in about 15 minutes. DPW staff carry a City identification badge with photo and wear a vest with the City’s logo. They will not be out after 6 p.m. 

“We appreciate the community’s cooperation in assisting the City with the collection of this important information,” East Lansing Public Works Supervisor Homer Allen said. 

For questions or to schedule a water service pipe material survey appointment, call DPW at (517) 337-9459. For more information, including how to perform a self-assessment, visit

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