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    Drinking Water

    The Flint Water Crisis was an unprecedented disaster that can never be repeated.

    That’s why MEC created a free drinking water toolkit designed to help all Michiganders--from the Upper Peninsula to Detroit--understand the steps they can take to protect their families and communities.

    Sign up for MEC’s drinking water email updates to stay informed and get news and valuable information about the state of our drinking water.

    Citizen scientists played a key role in uncovering the Flint water crisis, and anyone can help with water testing, public education, and outreach. The more involved, knowledgeable and engaged we are as residents, the more support we will build for the protection of our local water supplies.


    ABOUT OUR WORK:

    We believe that all Michiganders deserve access to safe, affordable drinking water, but crises like Flint, ongoing toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie, and contaminated groundwater in cities across the state have made it clear that our existing policies are not enough to protect public health.

    Safe drinking water requires stronger state standards, but also local advocacy. MEC is working with water experts, community leaders and residents to learn about the challenges they face and the resources they need to make our drinking water safe and affordable.

    PRIORITIES:

    Drinking Water Toolkit

    The public has an important role to play in ensuring that water quality is properly monitored and that’s why we’re creating a free drinking water toolkit designed to help you understand water systems, safety, affordability and the steps you can take to protect your community from a devastating crisis like Flint has faced.

    Citizen scientists played a key role in uncovering the Flint water crisis, and anyone can help with water testing, public education and outreach. The more involved, knowledgeable and engaged we are are residents, the more support we will build for the protection of our local water supplies.

    To learn more and get involved, visit: midrinkingwater.org.

    Lead & Copper Rule

    MEC’s priority is to revise Michigan's Lead and Copper Rule and make it the most protective in the nation and make our state’s drinking water program a national model for excellence.

    The EPA issued the first Lead and Copper Rule in 1991. The rule limits the amount of lead and copper allowed in public drinking water and the amount of pipe corrosion. Flint's water currently meets federal regulations for lead, but residents still are cautioned to use filters and bottled water.  Clearly the rules need strengthening and more children should be tested for lead poisoning.

    The Clean Michigan Initiative (CMI)

    In 1998, Michigan voters approved the Clean Michigan Initiative, authorizing the State to issue $675 million in bonds for environmental cleanups and related purposes.

    With that funding stream set to expire in 2018, MEC is serving as a strong environmental voice in State Capital talks about filling that funding gap with a new statewide measure. Our goals include significant upgrades to Michigan’s municipal water infrastructure to make our drinking water safer and create a fund to help low-income residents replace failing septic systems and private wells.

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