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EGLE partners with DNR, local health departments to ensure quality drinking water at state parks

August 6, 2019

Kids getting water in Michigan campground. Photo credit: DNR

This year, Michigan's state parks celebrate 100 years. The summer camping season is in full swing, with many of over 26 million annual park visitors getting close to nature while staying at more than 200 campgrounds run by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and over 1,100 privately-operated and municipal campgrounds.

Whether they're traveling to relax on a beach, paddle a water trail, or jump into a lake to swim, fresh water is often a significant reason why people choose these campgrounds.

Previously, we shared how the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) works with local health departments to make sure that beaches across the state are safe for swimming and other forms of recreation. EGLE also works with the DNR and local health departments to make sure that campground drinking water meets state and federal Safe Drinking Water Act standards. These laws set standards that protect public drinking water supplies across the nation.

Campground or park officials take annual drinking water samples during heavy campground use, June through September, and send these samples into the state laboratory. At a minimum, these drinking water samples are tested for nitrates and total coliform bacteria. If the test results exceed the state or federal threshold, people are notified, and water retesting occurs.

Partnerships between the DNR, EGLE, and local health departments make this all possible and is what makes them special.

More information is available on EGLE’s Drinking Water website.

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