City promotes education of new water rules and lead testing with public notice and community forum
BIRMINGHAM, MI November 6, 2019 – The City is continuing its public education of new state rules for lead testing of tap water by issuing a public notice to its water customers as well as holding a community water forum planned for Thursday, Nov. 14th 2019 at Seaholm High School from 6 p.m.-9 p.m.
The public notice is being mailed to all City water customers by the end of the week (Nov. 8th). The notice provides a wealth of information to help the public understand the more stringent testing procedures being mandated in the Michigan Safe Drinking Water Act. It also contains information on resources from the State of Michigan, Oakland County and the City.
The public notice, as well as a host of other information, can be found on the City website at www.bhamgov.org/leadtesting.
Further, in an effort to help the community better understand the state’s new lead testing rules, the City will be holding a community water forum on Thursday, November 14th at Seaholm High School (2436 W. Lincoln) in the Little Theatre Room from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. The forum will feature representatives from the state Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE); the state Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS); the Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA); the South Oakland County Water Authority (SOCWA); the Oakland County Health Division as well as from City representatives. The water forum will include presentations along with providing insight on the change in regulations as well as provide an opportunity for the public to have questions answered.
“This is a great opportunity for anyone with questions about their water to learn from experts across the state and region. We are fortunate to have such a knowledgeable panel to share information and answer questions,” said City of Birmingham City Manager, Joe Valentine. “We want everyone to be informed appropriately and not concerned unnecessarily.”
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