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Drinking Water and Health Newsletter

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It is important to be aware of your home's drinking water quality. By taking steps to prevent harmful substances in your drinking water, you can protect the health of you and your family! Each newsletter will share information and tips to help you keep your drinking water safe at home!  

Previous issues of the Drinking Water and Health Newsletter:

Care for MiWell Promotion Toolkit

This toolkit contains prepared, science-based social media messages, graphics, videos, and printable materials. All these materials are designed to make sharing drinking water information easy! See the toolkit here.

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School Resources for Educators K-12

It's never too early to start learning! Let's teach our children the importance of taking care of our water sources.  It is critical to the health of generations to come. 

Groundwater Foundation: The Groundwater Foundation is a resource for hands-on educational activities that include curriculum guides, games, puzzles, event planning and more. You can also learn about ways to get involved in groundwater protection.

Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE): EGLE Classroom is a platform that houses information for developing environmental stewardship. The materials "provide meaningful information and resources to assist you - students, educators, and everyone else - to learn more about the environment and to foster environmental stewardship."

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS): MDHHS has developed activity worksheets focused on private residential well terms:

Upper Elementary Students

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Middle School Students

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In these activity books, Dewy the water drop shows how drinking water makes its way from the environment into our homes:

Grades K-2

Thumbnail of the MDHHS Drinking Water Program's Activity Book for kids in grades K-2

Grades 3-5

Thumbnail of the MDHHS Drinking Water Program's Activity Book for kids in grades 3 to 5.


Michigan Water Stewardship Program (MWSP): The MWSP's goal is to educate Michigan residents on how to identify and reduce contamination risks to water and other natural resources. MWSP provides resources for educators and students that range from lesson plans, hands-on activities, presentations, and more!

United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): The EPA provides drinking water activities for students and teachers with activities that range from basic understanding of drinking water and learning where water comes from.


Where does your drinking water come from? Follow water from start to tap.

In this video, Dewy the water drop explains how water from the environment makes its way into our homes to become our drinking water. You will learn about the water cycle, watersheds, groundwater, surface water, and the ways that drinking water can be supplied to our homes, including private residential wells and public water supplies. By the end of the video, we hope you have a better understanding of where drinking water comes from!
Where does your drinking water come from? Follow water from start to tap. Video

More Resources

American Ground Water Trust (AGWT): The AGWT brings stakeholders together to encourage open discussion about practical ways to develop, manage, and protect groundwater resources so that sustainable economic and environmental benefits can be optimized.

American Water Works Association (AWWA): The AWWA is an international, nonprofit association that uses scientific research to educate and promote water solutions and effective water management.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): The CDC protects America from health threats, including through drinking water. The CDC helps Americans understand the importance of knowing where drinking water comes from, how its been treated, and if its safe to drink.

Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE): The EGLE is a state agency that promotes knowledgeable management of Michigan's air, land, and water resources to support a sustainable environment, healthy communities, and a vibrant economy.

EGLE Office of the Clean Water Public Advocate - Clean Water Ambassador Initiative: The Clean Water Ambassador Initiative is a statewide effort designed to improve transparency and communication concerning water quality in Michigan. Clean Water Ambassadors play a vital role in ensuring that drinking water programs and resources are accessible and effective. Ambassadors provide their feedback and input by participating in webinars and in-person meetings as well as completing online surveys.

Michigan Water Stewardship Program (MWSP): MWSP educates Michigan residents on how to identify and reduce risk of contamination in water. The program encourages people to take voluntary steps to protect Michigan's water quality, drinking water, and natural resources.

National Ground Water Association: NGWA is a community of groundwater professionals working together to advance groundwater knowledge. NGWA provides education and outreach, advocacy, cooperation, information exchange and best practices. 

The Private Well Class: The Private Well Class offers free online video lessons and webinar recordings to well owners. Class topics focus on common questions about private residential wells, caring for your well, septic systems, what real estate and environmental health professionals need to know about wells, and well water testing. The Private Well Class also provides a useful resource library and free newsletter.

United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): The EPA was established in 1970 to conduct federal research, monitoring, standard-setting and enforcement activities to ensure environmental protection. The EPA aims for a cleaner, healthier environment for the American people. The EPA provides drinking water standards and resources.

Water Quality Association (WQA): One of the focuses of WQA is treating water on the homeowner's or business-owner's property. WQA is committed to making water safe.

Water Systems Council (WSC): The WSC is the only national nonprofit organization with programs solely focused on private residential wells and small, shared wells serving more than 13 million households nationwide.

Well Owners: Well Owners provides resources and information on private residential well systems and groundwater. Learn how to protect water and safeguard your family's health through properly constructed and maintained private residential well systems.

To stay up to date with current resources and opportunities being offered through the program, subscribe to the Drinking Water and Health newsletter.

If you have questions, please contact the MDHHS Drinking Water Hotline at 844-934-1315.