MDEQ Statement regarding Downriver water quality concerns

January 18, 2017

For more Information:
Kristina Donaldson, 586-753-3759,
Melody Kindraka, 517-284-6716,

C. Heidi Grether, Director of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), today issued the following statement regarding concerns over water quality in Downriver communities served by the Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA):

As the state agency with the duty to assure the safety of Michigan’s drinking water supply, MDEQ has been engaged with the Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) since this issue arose last week. We understand the concerns being raised by residents in the affected area. The MDEQ is working with the GLWA to ensure the water continues to meet all federal Safe Drinking Water Act regulatory standards as well as ensure all necessary testing and safety precautions are taken to resolve this issue, and will continue these efforts for as long as necessary.

The MDEQ is dedicated to respect for Michigan’s citizens, stewardship of the environment, and support for a sustainable economy.