Drinking water standards being met in Clinton Township

By: Nick Mordowanec | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published May 13, 2014

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Drinking water quality is once again pure in Clinton Township.

Per the standards required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Michigan’s Department of Equality, this annual test is a way for consumers to know what is in their drinking water and whether or not they should be concerned.

The Safe Water Drinking Act — originally enacted by Congress in 1974 and later amended to address changes in concerns — is also part of why every community takes part in similar reports and studies.

That particular act ensures that all communities are drinking nonhazardous water, as well as making sure that state and local water suppliers are following and implementing such standards.

As in past years, the township was successful in 2013 with delivering clean water to its residents. The water is distributed in the township but is treated and comes from Detroit.

Clinton Township Public Services Director Mary Bednar said the report, which studies water throughout the 2013 year, is a requirement of law. A variety of people are involved with the completion of the report, following a certain template year to year in terms of addressing all concerns or inquisitions residents might have.

“There are regulators that oversee clean drinking water, so this (report) is their requirement,” Bednar said. “Every community has to put together a report similar to this one.”

Bednar said that the newly released report is pretty run of the mill for the township, once again meeting and/or exceeding standards in just about every category.

Minus one blip in June 2013 in which the township failed to monitor or test for disinfectants and disinfection byproducts, there were no major issues discovered during the monitoring process.

“We did have a violation that we had missed a monitoring period, but we corrected that and that was added to the report,” she said.

The report addresses detected contaminants, units of water measurement (PPB, or the equivalent of micrograms per liter; PPM, or the equivalent of milligrams per liter), the maximum amount of contaminant allowed in drinking water, the level of contaminant that poses no known expected health risk, and the amount of levels detected.

The report also urges residents to be wary of lead in their water, which can be a byproduct associated with poor service lines or home plumbing. While the township and other communities provide good drinking water, components such as lead that result from poor plumbing and the like are not the municipalities’ responsibility.

Those interested in obtaining a copy of the report or to seek more information, are advised to contact the water and sewer division of the Public Services Department at (586) 286-9300.