Michigan launches online platform to report drinking water concerns
The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) has launched an online tool to report drinking water concerns.
Michigan residents with concerns about their community water supplier or their own private wells can now use the online tool to raise concerns about the water quality.
The Office of the Clean Water Public Advocate is overseeing the project. The office will also address public concerns about drinking water quality, reported nbc25news.
“The Office of the Clean Water Public Advocate ensures that drinking water concerns are investigated and that trends are analyzed,” said the Michigan EGLE. “Based on trend analysis, recommendations to laws, rules, regulations, and procedures will be made to ensure that community concerns are addressed.”
When Michigan residents complete the online form, helpful tips and resources are provided to address common drinking water questions based on the concern category selected.
“Michigan residents need a clear path to submitting their water quality concerns and this new online system was designed to improve access, align resources and provide a second level of protection for residents who have drinking water concerns,” said Ninah Sasy, EGLE’s Clean Water Public Advocate.
Later in 2020, a public facing dashboard will be available to display water quality concerns received by EGLE based on location.
“Every Michigander deserves to trust the water coming out of their tap, which is why I made protecting and delivering clean water and rebuilding trust in state government a priority from day one,” said Michigan Governor Whitmer. “This new tool is yet another example of this administration’s commitment to make clean water a reality for all Michiganders.”
Drinking water concerns can be reported here.
If residents are concerned about a public health emergency, they are urged to please call Michigan’s Pollution Emergency Alert System (PEAS) at 1-800-292-4706.