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Public Awareness Campaign on Water Sampling Rules Announced

Jun 28, 2019

A new public awareness campaign has been launched to increase awareness surrounding new Lead and Copper Rule water quality testing under the Michigan Safe Drinking Water Act. Together, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) will work to implement new water sampling rules, while increasing communication with residents about how and why these testing changes are occurring.

The 2018 changes to the Michigan Safe Drinking Water Act include:

    • The removal of all lead service lines in Michigan. Water supplies are required to replace an average of 5% of their lead services line every year for the next 20 years unless an alternative schedule is approved by EGLE.
    • Communities must locate and prioritize lead service lines for removal.
    • The Action Level for lead in drinking water will be lowered from the current level of 15 parts per billion (ppb) to 12 ppb on January 1, 2025.
    • Bans partial lead service line replacements.
    • Complete service line material inventories must be submitted to EGLE by January 1, 2025.

DHHS and EGLE have launched a website that will include lead and copper data results for communities and information on protecting yourself from lead exposure. The new website is http://www.michigan.gov/mileadsafe. Additionally, the departments are holding virtual town halls at 6 p.m. on July 9, 10, and 11. To take part, please visit the new website.

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