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Filter First

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Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy

Filter First

Contact Information

If you have questions regarding Filter First, please email EGLE at EGLE-DWEHD-FilterFirst@Michigan.gov.

To protect Michigan children from exposure to lead in drinking water, the Clean Drinking Water Access Act (2023 PA 154) and amendments to the Child Care Organizations Act (1973 PA 116), collectively also known as Filter First, were signed into law by Governor Whitmer with an effective date of October 24, 2023. This legislation states all schools and child care centers in Michigan must develop a Drinking Water Management Plan (DWMP), install lead reducing filters on all consumptive fixtures, and test filtered water. Until exhausted, funding will be available for a one-time acquisition/installation of filtered bottle fill water coolers, point of use faucet filters, and certain maintenance and sampling costs.

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) and the Michigan Department of Lifelong Education, Advancement, and Potential (MiLEAP) (formerly part of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs) have until April 24th, 2024, to provide schools and child care centers with a Drinking Water Management Plan template, guidance for filters, and training.

EGLE, in partnership with MiLEAP, will soon post additional guidance to help schools in their efforts to communicate with EGLE, families, staff, and the public to comply with this Act. Guidance for teachers and child care center staff will be available on the proper use of faucet filters to help promote healthy drinking water practices.

EGLE and MiLEAP look forward to working with schools, child care centers, and their representatives to ensure the success of the Filter First program and the health and wellbeing of children. If your school or child care center is a regulated Type II (noncommunity) water supply, you will be working with your local health department in the future to implement this legislation.

EGLE and MiLEAP recommend schools and child care centers wait for further guidance that will be released in April 2024. Facilities may begin planning and developing a plumbing inventory; however, the purchase of filters or plumbing changes are not recommended until additional guidance is provided.

General Timeline:

Additional specific requirements will be outlined in the Filter First guidance materials.

  • EGLE/MiLEAP host a training webinar on April 10, 2024.
  • EGLE/MiLEAP post final guidance materials by April 24, 2024, including a 30-day public comment period.
  • Schools and child care centers complete a Drinking Water Management Plan by January 24, 2025.
  • Child care centers ensure that any water furnished to children is from a filtered source by October 24, 2025.
  • Schools have approved filters on all consumptive fixtures by the end of the 2025-2026 school year.
  • Schools and child care centers begin ongoing sampling and certify compliance with requirements once filters are installed. Schools must sample annually, and child care centers must sample every two years.
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Filter First Webinar

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE), in partnership with the Michigan Department of Lifelong Education, Advancement, and Potential (MiLEAP), is excited to roll out the first training event for the new Michigan “Filter First” legislation!

Filter First refers to the Clean Drinking Water Access Act (2023 PA 154) and amendments to the Child Care Organizations Act (1973 PA 116). As an added protection against the risk of lead exposure in drinking water, filters on all fixtures used for consumption in school and child care centers will be required. This webinar will explain the requirements and timeline to comply with Filter First, as well as updates regarding funding.

School and child care administrators, facility directors, consultants, and others should attend this webinar. One hour of continuing education credit will be available for certified drinking water operators and for those in the Facilities Director Michigan School Business Officials (MSBO) Voluntary Certification Program.

This one-hour webinar will take place virtually at 9:00 am on April 10, 2024.

Register for the Filter First training webinar