The State of Michigan encourages all residents with a private drinking water well that has been covered by flood water to have their well cleaned and tested to ensure the water is safe to consume.
Lt. Gov. Brian Calley declared a “state of disaster” for Isabella and Midland counties Friday after severe weather and intense rain struck the counties, resulting in widespread flood damage.
The disaster declaration enabled the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) to approve a waiver of the usual $16 fee for a bacteriological test analysis for private residential wells in Isabella and Midland counties.
To qualify for the waiver residents must meet the following criteria:
Residents should contact their local health department for additional information or the MDEQ Environmental Assistance Center at 800-662-9278.