Learn about your drinking water during Drinking Water Week

Do you know where your drinking water comes from? Learn more at Michigan.gov/DrinkingWaterWeekMichigan recognizes national Drinking Water Week this year May 1 to 7. Drinking Water Week was established by the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and its partners and provides an opportunity to recognize the vital role water plays in our daily lives. The Office of the Clean Water Public Advocate (OCWPA) collaborates with other state divisions and agencies in using this week to educate the public on where their drinking water comes from, how to find out about their water quality, tips to keep their drinking water healthy, and who to contact with concerns.

“There are actions all of us can take to support healthy drinking water from protecting the source to getting the water moving in our home plumbing,” said Kris Donaldson, EGLE’s Clean Water Public Advocate. Learn about actions you can take at Michigan.gov/DrinkingWaterWeek.

During this week, Michigan also proclaims Tuesday as Private Residential Well Awareness Day to bring attention to the 2.6 million Michiganders who depend on private wells for their drinking water, as well the responsibilities of well owners to properly maintain and test their wells. Michigan has over one million private residential wells!  

Water is supplied to your home from either a public water supply or a private well. It’s important to determine how your water is supplied to understand how your water quality is monitored and who to contact if you have water quality issues. A general rule to follow is: If you get a water bill for your water, you are on a community water supply, which is a type of public supply.  

If you have a private well, your well and its water are ultimately your responsibility. There are things that you should do to monitor your well system and your drinking water to help protect your family’s health and ensure quality tap water. If you still have questions or concerns, reach out to your local health department. Drinking Water Week highlights important resources about well maintenance and testing found on the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Care for MiWell website.

If you are on a community water supply, the best way to learn about your local water quality is by reading your water supplier’s Consumer Confidence Report (CCR), also known as an Annual Water Quality Report. Every community water supplier must provide a CCR to its customers by July 1 each year. CCRs may be delivered in different ways, such as a paper copy or via a link within your bill. If you’re not sure where to access yours, contact your local water supplier. Your local water supplier should also be your first call to answer questions or address concerns.

If you still have concerns about your water quality visit the Drinking Water Concern System page. Here you will find frequently asked questions and answers about drinking water quality concerns, information on how to get your water tested, and steps to submit a concern. Submitted concerns are reviewed by the appropriate staff member who will follow up with you. Remember, depending on your water supply, your local health department or water supplier is likely your best resource for answering questions about your water. 

For more information about Drinking Water Week and additional resources, visit Michigan.gov/DrinkingWaterWeek.

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