Article courtesy of Paul Egan | February 16th, 2017 | Detroit Free Press | Shared as educational material. Genesee County, including Flint, Michigan, will have to stay on Detroit water longer than expected. Treating water at flint will cost $108 million. And it won’t be ready by October 1 of this year. So Flint has […]
“Exposure to PFCs can affect what’s happening with a person’s thyroid (glands) and liver; and it can affect cholesterol in a negative way,” said Christina Bush, a toxicologist with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ division of environmental health.
A National Academy of Sciences report by a team of Michigan State University researchers tested 64 river systems in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula and found that 100 percent of the rivers were contaminated by human fecal matter, and that household septic tanks were a major source.
For almost a year and a half, the 90,000 residents of Flint, Michigan, have been drinking water laced with high levels of lead—the potent neurotoxin that lowers IQ and triggers behavioral and emotional problems. There were many complaints.
Swim areas in Lake Isabella do not have high levels of E. coli, but village officials are working to find the source of the bacteria that is found in many water sources in mid-Michigan. Village officials have been working for two years with the Central Michigan District Health Department to monitor E. coli in the man-made lake that was a section of the Chippewa River before a dam was built.
But it’s the septic tanks themselves that could be the party pooper of their own celebration. Septic systems are a significant cause of water contamination in Michigan waterways, experts say.
The $12 million project aims to fix the popular lake’s long-standing water quality issues by restoring wetlands in the Macatawa Watershed to prevent runoff that contributes to sediment, nutrient and bacterial pollution in the lake.
Michigan officials released Tuesday the 30-day strategy, titled “Sustaining Michigan’s Water Heritage,” covering a broad scope of conservation, infrastructure and development topics, drawing praise from the environmental community.
Safety tests conducted in 2014 and early 2015 showed high levels of TTHM or THM in the drinking water, violating the Safe Drinking Water Act. TTHM, or total trihalomethane, is a byproduct of chlorine disinfection. According to the EPA, prolonged exposure to or consumption of such chemicals can pose significant health risks.
“Anytime you open your plumbing to be repaired or do work around the pump it could introduce bacteria into the water,” said Chuck Williams. “It is always good to have the water tested and disinfected if it’s needed. Water from a well should be tested if a new well is driven or if there is any change in the quality, smell or odor of the water. We do coliform testing for bacteria.”