Legislative Report on Flint Water Crisis Proposes Changes for Water Systems

drinking water testing used for water fountains

By Barbara Marczak, PE

The State of Michigan’s Joint Select Committee on the Flint Water Emergency recently published its final report, outlining 36 legislative proposals to bring positive changes to Michigan’s public water systems. Included among its legislative proposals:

  • Lowering the lead action level from 15 ppb to 10 ppb by 2020.
  • Heightening scrutiny of water systems that have a greater than 50% annual increase in lead levels over 5 ppb.
  • Increasing testing at childcare facilities, schools, hospitals, and adult foster care facilities.
  • Sampling in summer months when lead levels are thought to be higher.
  • Taking two samples at each location and prohibiting pre-flushing.
  • Establishing an accurate inventory of water system assets including water service lines.
  • Requiring all water systems to adopt full service line replacement within 10 years.
  • Prohibiting partial service line replacements.
  • Allowing Drinking Water Revolving Fund (DWRF) financing of lead line replacements.
  • Mandating lead service disclosures in property rental and buy/sell agreements.
  • Forming an Underground Asset Management Council similar to the Transportation Asset Management Council formed for roads in 1999.

You can read the full report here.

Prein&Newhof is ready to help communities interpret and implement these proposed recommendations related to the Lead and Copper Rule (LCR). Contact us today if you have particular concerns or questions.

Barbara Marczak is a drinking water specialist at Prein&Newhof, and the past President of the Michigan Section of the American Water Works Association.


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