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Water System Advisory Councils

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Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy

Water System Advisory Councils

The State of Michigan's 2018 revision to the Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) created both state-level and utility-level water advisory councils. Water suppliers and water systems with more than 50,000 customers will each be required to create a Community Water Advisory Council. The advisory council will advise the utility on communications related to lead in drinking water as well as other drinking water quality issues (see Appendix A of the Meeting Guidance Document for the Community Water Advisory Council section of the law). Specifically, the advisory council is mandated to:

  • Develop plans for continuing public awareness about lead in drinking water, even when a lead action level is not exceeded;
  • Review public awareness campaign materials provided by the statewide Drinking Water Advisory Council to ensure the needs and interests of the community, with consideration to the economic and cultural diversity of its residents, are addressed;
  • Advise and consult with the water supply on the development of appropriate plans for remediation and public education to be implemented if a lead action level is exceeded;
  • Advise and consult with the water supply on efforts to replace private lead service lines at locations where the owner declined service line replacement;
  • Assist in promoting transparency of all data and documents related to lead in drinking water within the water supply service area; and
  • Collaborate with local community groups to ensure that residents have the opportunity to be involved in efforts to educate the community about lead in drinking water.

Guidance for Development of Water System Advisory Councils

Communities required to have a Water System Advisory Council

WSSN Community Name Population Served
00220 Ann Arbor 127,885
00450 Battle Creek 51,284
00465 Bay Area Water System 93,915
01100 Canton Township 90,173
01800 City of Detroit 713,777
02240 City of Farmington Hills 72,460
02310 City of Flint 98,310
04370 City of Midland 63,108
05830 City of Royal Oak 57,236
05850 City of Saginaw 172,369
06280 City of St. Clair Shores 59,715
06385 City of Sterling Heights 127,000
06900 City of Warren 134,056
01480 Clinton Township 97,513
01730 Dearborn 98,153
01740 Dearborn Heights 57,774
01995 East Lansing Meridian Water Authority 64,332
02615 Genesee County Water System 143,177
02790 Grand Rapids 329,500
02838 Great Lakes Water Authority 3,689,400
03520 Kalamazoo 196,292
03760 Lansing Board of Water and Light 193,500
03930 Livonia 96,942
03990 Macomb Township 87,433
04570 Muskegon 87,880
05440 Pontiac 59,515
05480 Port Huron 61,470
00325 Rochester Hills 71,788
06010 Shelby Township 72,000
06160 Southfield 71,739
06545 Taylor 63,131
06690 Troy 80,980
06910 Waterford Township 73,441
07040 Westland 84,094
07220 Wyoming 230,113
07260 Ypsilanti Community Utility Authority 92,400