Second water, lead resource fair scheduled for Benton Harbor residents

Second water, lead resource fair scheduled for Benton Harbor residents

December 7, 2021 | By: Emily Reed | WWMT | BENTON HARBOR, MI — The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced Tuesday an upcoming second resource fair for Benton Harbor residents.

The fair aims to teach about the health impacts of lead and display resources available to reduce or eliminate lead in residents’ homes.

The fair is scheduled for Thursday Dec. 16 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Benton Harbor High School.

“Based on the success of the first Resource Fair, we want to provide another opportunity for residents to ask questions about the health effects of lead, how to get tested for lead and steps they can take to reduce or eliminate lead exposure in their homes and lives,” said Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Elizabeth Hertel.

The resources expected to be available at the fair include health services, food assistance, water use instruction, nutrition options and information on lead.

Free bottled water is also expected to be available at the event.

“City of Benton Harbor residents understandably have many questions about lead,” said Benton Harbor Mayor Marcus Muhammad. “This is a great opportunity for our community to get answers and find out what resources are available to Benton Harbor families from the local, state and federal governments.”

The fair is expected to have information and representatives from community organizations including the city of Benton Harbor, Berrien County Health Department, Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, and Environmental Protection Agency.

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