Gov. Whitmer Signs Directive to Improve State's Drinking Water Protections

November 2021

Gov. Whitmer Signs Directive to Improve State's Drinking Water Protections

Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed an Executive Directive seeking to strengthen the State of Michigan's water regulations, rules, and policies. The directive, comprised of six parts, focuses on prevention and response to water quality issues. The State of Michigan will continue working to ensure that every community has access to safe drinking water.

"Every parent in Michigan should be able to give their kid a glass of water with confidence, knowing that it is safe," said Governor Gretchen Whitmer. "Today, I signed an Executive Directive to begin a comprehensive review of the State of Michigan's role in local water systems. The six-part directive will take several steps to tighten regulations, seek to deliver more resources, expand community engagement, and more. Our top priority here remains guaranteeing safe drinking water for every Michigander, no matter who they are or where they live. We will not rest until every community has safe drinking water and every parent feels confident to give their kid a glass of water."

"Every Michigan community deserves access to clean and safe drinking water," said Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist II. "Today's executive directive will keep Michiganders safe and improve the efficiency with which we prevent and respond to water quality issues. The comprehensive review will give our communities the information we need to improve water infrastructure, reduce inequities affecting low-wealth communities, and protect public health. Governor Whitmer and I will continue to use every resource available in state government to support local water systems to deliver clean and safe water to every Michigander."

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