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Dogs on leashes now allowed in more Dearborn parks

Dog owners have more options for walking their pets

Dog owners celebrate!

DogWalking BackFence2015 1An ordinance, passed by the City Council increases the number of parks at which dogs on leashes are permitted to walk on park tracks., now allows leashed dogs in seven City parks: Crowley, Geer, Oxford, Penn-Vasser, Schemansky, Summer-Stephens and Ten Eyck parks. Previously, dogs on leashes were only permitted in Crowley and Geer as a trial to determine the success of the program.

Residents are reminded that dogs are restricted to only track areas of the parks, and dogs must remain on a leash that is no longer than six feet in length the entire time they are in the park. Dog-walkers must properly dispose of dog waste.

Any dog showing aggression toward people or other dogs must immediately be removed from the parks. Dogs that have been deemed vicious or dangerous by a state or local government agency are not allowed in City parks.

In the event of a dog bite or scratch, local laws dictate that the injury must be reported to the Dearborn Police Department with 24 hours of the incident.

Any violation of the ordinance—including failure to report a dog bite, failure to remove a dog showing aggression from a park, or failing to leash a dog in a park—results in a civil infraction with increasing fines for each violation, with the fourth resulting in a misdemeanor offense.

To report an unleashed or aggressive dog, please call the Dearborn Police Department’s non-emergency line at 313-943-2241. If in immediate danger, please call 911.

Further details of the ordinance can be found in Section 15-28 of the City of Dearborn Code of Ordinances.

Pet owners may also purchase a permit to use the Dearborn Dog Park, which allows dogs to run loose within fenced areas. The Dearborn Dog Park is behind the Henry Ford Centennial Library and has separate areas for large and small dogs, plus interesting structures for dogs to play on.

For an application for the Dog Park, visit Dog Park Applications

Online Water Bill Payment Notice

Currently the online bill payment/lookup is unavailable.  It is expected to be back online by October 31, 2019.  Thank you for your patience.

Lead Water Service Line Information

Welcome to the Dearborn Lead Water Service Line Information Page

As a resident of Dearborn, this is your source for information regarding lead water service line activities.  Please use this page, and the linked resources, to learn about the issues and responses related to lead services lines in the City of Dearborn.

State rule requires replacement of lead water service lines over 20 years; Dearborn water tests are consistently safe

Homeowners need to be aware of a new State mandate that requires all cities in Michigan over the next 20 years to replace water service lines that are made out of lead. This State rule will impact thousands of homes in Dearborn in the next two decades because water service lines are on private property.

The water service lines between the sidewalk and the house are the responsibility of the private home owner, not the City. However, the rule requires the City to replace the lead water service line from the City water line (usually in the street) to 18 inches inside the basement.  

Dearborn’s drinking water is safe

Lead has been in the news because of the Flint water crisis, and this State rule is in response to publicity about that situation.

However, repeated and regular testing has determined that water coming into Dearborn homes meets federal safety standards.

This water service line replacement program is required by the State rule affecting all of Michigan. It is not because of any identified problem with Dearborn’s drinking water.

The Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA), which supplies our water, as well as the City of Dearborn, regularly test the water delivered to similar homes to confirm that the water meets all safety standards.  For 30 years, the City has also tested the water inside a sample of homes to verify the same results. 

Note that every home’s plumbing system is different and may have an impact on water quality levels.  A licensed plumber can be hired to evaluate the materials in an individual home’s plumbing system to determine if any improvements are warranted.

Background on State rule regarding water service lines replacement

Former Governor Snyder signed a Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) in June 2018 requiring all cities in Michigan to replace all lead water service lines. The water service lines must be replaced from the City-owned water mains within the street to 18 inches inside individual houses. The rule allows a 20-year replacement program, beginning in January 2020.

Dearborn’s situation

It was common to use lead for water service lines in houses built before the 1960s, and Dearborn has many homes from that era.

Through the results of earlier water main construction work in front of 13,000 houses, the City has information that 3,700 homes likely have water service lines that are made out of lead, and estimates that thousands more will fall into that category.  

There are at least 19,500 properties that have not been impacted by water main construction in the last 30 years. Because of that, the City does not have records of the water service line material for those homes.

How to determine your water service line material

It is not hard to verify the material of your water service line.  Make small scratches on the water service line that comes up from the basement floor and connects to the water meter.

The color of the scratch will indicate what material was used.  The scratch will reveal silver if it is lead, and therefore needs to be replaced. The scratches will reveal brown if it is copper, and therefore would not need to be replaced under this program.

You can share your findings of the water service line material by calling 313-943-2301.

Better yet, you can also complete the survey online. Complete survey

Reporting the material in your water service line will expedite the process and potentially save a visit from a city employee.

Because of the extensive nature of this state-mandated program, City employees will be going to most homes over the next several years, and will need to gain entry to homes to verify and document the composition of each house’s service line material. Employees will also need to determine its physical location and any obstacles affecting its eventual replacement.

Click here for resources regarding the Lead Water Service Line program 

Lead Water Service Line Resources

Water Meter Size Reduction Program

Information provided by the City of Dearborn Water Department 

Step 1.   Obtain from the Water Department and properly fill out the "Meter Downsize Worksheet" and submit the worksheet back to the Water Department for evaluation. You can download one here: 

Step 2.   The Water Department will review the Meter Downsizing Worksheet, and determine if the meter is eligible to be downsized, and if so to what size. They also will inform you of the quarterly savings you would realize on your water bills with the proposed downsized meter. At that time, you would need to authorize us to order for you the reduced-sized meter, and you would pick up a meter setting template for your plumber to re-pipe the meter setting and prepare it for the Water Department to install the new downsized meter. The cost of the new meter would be charged to your water bill. Current charges for new meters are: