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Office of the Clean Water Public Advocate

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Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy

Office of the Clean Water Public Advocate

The Office of the Clean Water Public Advocate (OCWPA) was created through Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order 2019-06. The Office operates as a type 1 agency within the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) to elevate concerns and has a direct connection to the Governor’s Office.

The OCWPA primarily serves as a resource and facilitator of communication between other offices, state agencies, community partners, and the public in issues related to drinking water. Exploring gaps and recommending potential improvements to policies, procedures, and regulations to support the continued improvement of Michigan’s drinking water response and regulation is part of what we do as well. The OCWPA also ensures that the public can report drinking water concerns through the statewide concerns reporting system and that those concerns are heard and investigated by the appropriate entity. 

Water and Wastewater Professionals Workforce Week

December 11-17, 2023 is Water and Wastewater Professionals Workforce Week, honoring Michigan’s thousands of highly trained operators, technicians, administrative professionals, and all other specialists who work to ensure Michigan communities have safe and reliable drinking water. Be sure to thank the operators in your community, and learn more about the week and offered webinars on the website!

Michigan's water industry is essential to the health and success of our state and offers a wide variety of rewarding career opportunities in the fields of Engineering, Biology, Finance, Chemistry, Business Administration, Communications, Trade Skills, and many other high-demand occupations. 

Learn more on our Careers webpage.
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Water Assistance

If you are having a hard time paying your water or other utility bills, there may be help. Michigan 2-1-1 is an easy way to connect with help of all kinds, right in your community. Need help with food, housing, or paying bills? Need support in a family crisis or community disaster? We're here for you. Any time. All the time. Just call, text, or search online and we'll get you connected.

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Concerned about your drinking water?

The online drinking water concern system was developed to provide Michigan residents with an additional channel to submit their water quality concerns to EGLE or their Local Health Department (LHD).

Let us know
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Get Involved

Here are a few ways that you can lend your voice to improve water quality in Michigan.