June 26, 2019
Governor Gretchen Whitmer has announced a public awareness campaign surrounding new water sampling rules for lead under the Michigan Safe Drinking Water Act. The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) will work to implement new water sampling rules for lead, while increasing communication to Michigan residents about how and why these testing changes are occurring to their drinking water.
"When state agencies and local communities work together to protect public health, we can ensure that every Michigander has access to safe, clean drinking water," said Whitmer. "My administration continues to work toward real and permanent solutions that ensure every Michigander give their kids a glass of water at the dinner table safely. These changes to the Michigan Safe Drinking Act help build that confidence."
The testing changes now require that lead samples must be taken from both the first- and fifth-liter water draw. By testing that fifth liter of water, it shows lead results that might be farther upstream in the water supply that is coming into homes.
"These improved requirements will likely produce results with increased lead levels, not because residents water quality has changed, but because we have tightened our testing standards," said EGLE Director Liesl Clark. "These changes will result in additional data allowing us to improve water quality for all Michiganders. By implementing these changes, we can better protect Michiganders against lead exposure in drinking water."
In an effort to increase transparency and communication, EGLE and MDHHS have launched a new website, which provides lead and copper data results for communities and up-to-date information on how Michiganders can protect themselves from lead exposure.