(As part of Environmental Health Week, MI Environment is highlighting EGLE's Michigan Environmental Health and Drinking Water Information System - which will help increase communication and transparency around the state's drinking water supply systems. Environmental Health Week is dedicated to the improvement of public health through management of the environment and preventive measures to safeguard public health.)
EGLE recently launched the Michigan Environmental Health and Drinking Water information System (MiEHDWIS). This kicked off a multi-year project to modernize many of EGLE's Drinking Water and Environmental Health Division's existing permitting, licensing, and compliance information systems into one web-based application.
For the public, the result should be more timely exchanges of information between regulators and local water suppliers, and more transparency in providing data and information about drinking water supplies.
Goals of MiEHDWIS include streamlining communication between Michigan's public drinking water suppliers and EGLE, increasing data transparency, and facilitating collaboration between EGLE and local health department staff.
Currently, campground owners and septage haulers create their own user account to upload applications and supporting documents. By utilizing this web-based application, processing time has been greatly reduced and no more lost paperwork!
Local Health Departments can also upload documents and inspection reports which will improve communications and response times to allow EGLE to further prioritize activities that directly impact environmental and public health.
EGLE staff have a customizable Dashboard view in MiEHDWIS. This provides staff a real time summary of the status of permit and compliance activities, highlighting priority activities and deadlines.
In future MiEHDWIS releases, functionality will be available to additional regulated entities, such as the Public Swimming Pool and Community and Noncommunity Public Water Supply programs.