Drinking Water Week
Drinking Water Week
May 1 - 7, 2022
Michigan recognizes national Drinking Water Week from May 1-7, 2022. Drinking Water Week was established by the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and its partners and provides a unique opportunity for both water professionals and the communities they serve to recognize the vital role water plays in our daily lives. The Office of the Clean Water Public Advocate (OCWPA) collaborates with other state divisions and agencies in using this week to educate the public on where their drinking water comes from, how to find out about their water quality, and who to contact with concerns.
During this week, Michigan also proclaims Tuesday as Private Residential Well Awareness Day to bring attention to the 2.6 million Michiganders who depend on private wells for their drinking water, as well the responsibilities of well owners to properly maintain and test their wells. Michigan has over one million private residential wells!
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The history of Drinking Water Week
In 1988, AWWA brought Drinking Water Week to the attention of the U.S. Government and formed a coalition along with the League of Women Voters, the Association of State Drinking Water Administrators and the US Environmental Protection Agency.
Rep. Robert Roe and Sen. Dennis DeConcini subsequently sponsored a resolution to name the first week of May as Drinking Water Week, and the week-long observance was declared in a joint congressional resolution signed by then President Ronald Reagan.
Drinking Water Week 2022
Drinking Water Awareness Week is a partnership between EGLE, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and the multi-agency Michigan PFAS Action Response Team (MPART).
The week is designed to increase the public's knowledge of drinking water issues and share strategies they can employ to protect themselves from these contaminants.
LEARN ABOUT DRINKING WATER
How do you get your water?
Follow the water in the video below as it moves through the environment and becomes our drinking water.
What an amazing journey our water takes to get to our faucet!
Water is supplied to your home from either a public water supply or a private well. It’s important to determine how your water is supplied to understand how your water quality is monitored and who to contact if you have water quality issues. A general rule to follow is: If you get a water bill for your water, you are on a community water supply, which is a type of public supply.
MI EnviroMinute - Community Water Supply
Got a minute? Learn how water travels from a local community water supply through a home and to its faucets.
MI EnviroMinute - Well Water
Got a minute? Learn about how a water well pulls water from deep in the ground and pumps it into your home to your faucet.
How can you learn about your water quality?
If you have a private well, scroll down to our “Resources for private residential well owners” section. If you still have questions or concerns, reach out to your local health department.
If you are on a community water supply, the best way to learn about your local water quality is by reading your water supplier’s Consumer Confidence Report (CCR), also known as an Annual Water Quality Report. Every community water supplier must provide a CCR to its customers by July 1 each year. CCRs may be delivered in different ways, such as a paper copy or via a link within your bill. If you’re not sure where to access yours, contact your local water supplier. Your local water supplier should also be your first call to answer questions or address concerns.
If you still have concerns about your water quality visit our Drinking Water Concern System page. Here you will find frequently asked questions and answers about drinking water quality concerns, information on how to get your water tested, and steps to submit a concern. Submitted concerns are reviewed by the appropriate staff member who will follow up with you. Remember, depending on your water supply, your local health department or water supplier is likely your best resource for answering questions about your water.
✨ Kids Corner ✨
What is in our drinking water?
In this video, Brandon Onan answered the question: "What is in Our Drinking Water?"
How does water get to our pipes?
In this video, John Karnes answered the question: "How Does Water Get to Our Pipes?"
Why don't we drink out of puddles?
In this video, Heather Brown answered the question: "Why Don't We Drink Out of Puddles?"
Where does our drinking water come from?
In this video, Sara Pearson answered the question: "Where Does Our Drinking Water Come From?"
School drinking water information
Healthy water is important to everyone, especially for children as they are still growing and learning, and Michigan’s children spent a significant portion of their day in school or childcare facilities. Many of these facilities receive their water from a public water supply.
The School Drinking Water Program, within EGLE, works with schools and childcare facilities to monitor water quality.
Have questions? Learn more by reading our School Drinking Water Quality: Parent Information FAQ Document
👩🏫 Teachers and Educators 👨🏫
Are you interested in using EnviroScape models for hands-on demonstrations with your students? Check one out from EGLE's Environmental Lending Station for your classroom or visit our EGLE Classroom page for more resources!
Lead in drinking water
Homes with older plumbing or with lead service lines are at a higher risk for lead in drinking water. Find out different ways lead can enter drinking water and steps you can take to reduce your risk of exposure by watching the videos below.
How lead gets in drinking waterLearn how lead gets into drinking water with this short video.
Lead in drinking water safety tips
Protect your loved ones. Use these lead in drinking water safety tips.
Concerned about lead in your drinking water?
To find out if lead may be a concern in your drinking water there are a few things you can do:
- If you are on a public water supply, find out if you might have a lead service line by looking at the Water Supply Service Line Material Inventories or contact your local water supplier.
- Complete an at-home lead plumbing checklist
- The only conclusive way to know if there is lead in your drinking water is to test it. Your public water supplier may be able to do this, or you can contact a laboratory certified for lead analysis.
For more information about lead, visit Michigan.gov/MiLeadSafeThings you can do to reduce lead in drinking water
Now that you know what you can do, what is Michigan doing to help?
Michigan is leading the nation in reducing lead exposure through drinking water. To protect its residents, Michigan has adopted the strictest Lead and Copper Rule in the United States. This rule strengthens our ability to detect lead in drinking water and will help protect your family's health.
Michigan is committed to protecting the public from lead exposure by working with local communities to reduce lead in drinking water and eliminate sources of lead in drinking water systems. By creating the strongest drinking water lead testing and service line removal rules in the country, Michigan is on track to reduce lead in drinking water and get rid of lead drinking water pipes.
PFAS in drinking waterEGLE Classroom - Introduction to PFAS Video
EGLE Classroom - Introduction to PFAS
Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a large family of man-made chemicals that contain carbon, fluorine, and other elements and are found in a variety of products including firefighting foams, household products such as non-stick cookware, food packaging, and stain and water repellants.
People can be exposed to PFAS in a variety of ways, including drinking water contaminated with PFAS.
PFAS CyclePFAS chemicals don't break down and can accumulate over time. In recent years, experts have become increasingly concerned by the potential effects of high concentrations of PFAS on human health. PFAS move easily through the ground and may get into groundwater that is used for some water supplies or for private drinking water wells.Why are my PFAS test results different than my neighbors? Video
Why are my PFAS test results different than my neighbors?
How to find out if PFAS may be a concern in your drinking water depends, again, on how you get your water. If you’re on a public supply, your water is already routinely tested for the seven PFAS chemicals regulated under the Michigan Safe Drinking Water Act.
If you have a private well, you can find out if you are in or near a PFAS Site or Area of Interest and/or test your water for PFAS. Find out about why results may vary from well to well with this short video.
In 2019, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2019-3, establishing the Michigan PFAS Action Response Team (MPART) as an established, enduring body to address the threat of PFAS contamination in Michigan, protect public health, and ensure the safety of Michigan's land, air, and water, while facilitating inter-agency coordination, increasing transparency, and requiring clear standards to ensure accountability.
For more information about PFAS, visit Michigan.gov/PFASresponse
Resources for private residential well owners
A well and its water are ultimately the responsibility of the well owner. If you have a private well, there are things that you should do to monitor your well system and your drinking water to help protect your family’s health and ensure quality tap water.
✨ Kids Corner ✨
Help promote drinking water and private residential well owner education in your community using the Care for MiWell Promotion Toolkit. This toolkit contains prepared, science-based social media messages, graphics, videos, and printable materials. All of these materials are designed to make sharing drinking water information easy.
Subscribe to MDHHS drinking water and health newsletter to stay informed.
Choose a topic below from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Care for MiWell website to learn more.
Additional well water quality and testing information
- Protect Against the Unknown: Test Your Drinking Water from Your Well
- Coliform Bacteria in Drinking Water (Bacterias Coliformes en el Aqua Potable para Propietarios de Pozo) (Arabic)
- Nitrate and Nitrite in Drinking Water (Nitrato y Nitrito en el Agua Potable para Propietarios de Pozos) (Arabic)
- Arsenic in Well Water
- PFAS in Drinking Water for Private Residential Well Owners
- Obtaining Residential Drinking Water Well Test Kits
- Drinking Water Testing Fees and Tests Available
Additional resources for private well owners
- Drinking Water Well Maintenance
- Your New Water Well
- A Consumer's Guide to Hiring a Well Contractor
- Protecting Your Private Water Supply in an Emergency
- Plugging Abandoned Wells
- Plugging Wells When Community Water Lines are Extended
- State of Michigan Resources for Water Wells & Potential Sources of Contamination
- Managing Water for Health in a Changing Climate Story Map – an interactive map where users can learn where their water comes from and if protections have been established for community and private wells and septic systems. This tool is also useful for local units of government looking to enact local policies to better protect their drinking water.
- Water Systems Council: Well Owners Network
How can you get involved?
The Clean Water Ambassador Initiative is a statewide effort designed to improve education and communication concerning water quality in Michigan. Clean Water Ambassadors are invited to attend virtual monthly meetings, share information via social media with their communities, and learn about drinking water issues. Ambassadors are also kept up to date on emerging legislation, conferences, and water infrastructure funding opportunities. If you are at least 18 years old and live in Michigan, you can become a Clean Water Ambassador too!
“Thank you, Clean Water Ambassadors! The time you give to learn more about Michigan’s drinking water, spread information to your community, and provide valuable feedback is important and appreciated. I look forward to our work together!”
~ Kris Donaldson, Clean Water Public Advocate
Looking for a new career path? There is a real need for water and wastewater professionals in Michigan and some amazing funding opportunities to get you there. This field encompasses a huge variety of career options, from trade skills to administration to engineering. If you’d like to learn more, register (for free!) to attend EGLE’s virtual Great Lakes Water Infrastructure Conference. There is a session on educational opportunities on May 11 from 2:30-3:30 pm.
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