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The formation of a Water System
Advisory Council (WSAC) is part of the drinking water rule changes that became
effective June 14, 2018. The general intent of the WSAC is to help the water
customers become more aware of lead in drinking water and the associated health
risks. Water systems that serve a population greater than 50,000 are required
to create a WSAC.
The Water Resources Commissioner’s Office
is responsible for two water systems that meet the population requirement to
form a WSAC. These water systems are the
City of Farmington Hills and the City of Pontiac.
Guidelines (see below) require
that a meeting be conducted once a year at a minimum. Meetings may occur more
frequently where there are service lines consisting of lead material remaining
in the water system.
Upcoming WSAC Meetings:
18, 2019 – 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Farmington Hills City Hall – Community
31555 W 11 Mile Rd., Farmington MI 48336.
24, 2019 – 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Water Resources Commissioner’s
2636 Dixie Hwy., Waterford MI 48328.
Water System Advisory Council
Each water supply that serves a
population of 50,000 or more, and each consecutive water system that serves a
population of 50,000 or more, shall create a water system advisory council.
Councils shall operate as follows:
(a) A council shall consist of at least 5
members, appointed by the community supply. To be eligible for appointment to
the council, an individual shall have a demonstrated interest in or knowledge
about lead in drinking water and its effects. At least one member must be a
local resident who does not formally represent the interests of any
(b) The members first appointed to a
council shall be appointed within 180 days after the effective date of this
(c) The business that the council may
perform shall be conducted at a public meeting of the council and held in
compliance with the open meetings act, 1976 PA 267, MCL 15.261 to 15.275.
(d) The first meeting of a council shall
be called by the water supply. At the first meeting, the council shall elect
from its members a chairperson and other officers as it considers necessary or
appropriate. After the first meeting, the council shall meet at least annually.
(e) A writing prepared, owned, used, in
the possession of, or retained by the council in the performance of an official
function is subject to the freedom of information act, 1976 PA 442, MCL 15.231
(f) The council shall do the following:
(i) Develop plans for continuing public
awareness about lead in drinking water, even when the action level is not
(ii) Review public awareness campaign
materials provided by the statewide drinking water advisory council to ensure
the needs and interests of the community, considering the economic and cultural
diversity of its residents, are addressed.
(iii) Advise and consult with the water
supply on the development of appropriate plans for remediation and public
education to be implemented if a lead action level is exceeded.
(iv) Advise and consult with the water
supply on efforts to replace private lead service lines at locations where the
owner declined service line replacement.
(v) Assist in promoting transparency of
all data and documents related to lead in drinking water within the water
supply service area.
(vi) Collaborate with local community
groups to ensure that residents have the opportunity to be involved in efforts
to educate the community about lead in drinking water.
(g) A water system advisory council may
independently seek advice, direction, and assistance from the department or the
statewide advisory council.