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Report says Grand Rapids drinking water 'high quality'

The City of Grand Rapids Water System has released its ‘Consumer Confidence Report’ highlighting the quality of water distributed by the utility. The report details the results of water quality monitoring during 2016, as required under the Safe Drinking Water Act. While clean water has been a major topic in Michigan since the Flint Water Crisis, the consumer confidence report says the overall quality of water in Grand Rapids meets or exceeds the requirements set forth by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Michigan Department. 

“Our water in Grand Rapids is of very high quality," GRWS manager Joellen Thompson said. "First place it comes from a high quality source which is Lake Michigan. We’re so fortunate to have that high quality source water.”

According to Thompson, the high quality of water starts from the moment it’s pumped into the filtration plant.

“We treat the water and monitor it continuously, hourly, weekly and monthly with testing to ensure the continuing high quality all the way from the plant to the customer tap,” she said.

The Consumer Confidence Report release came during National Drinking Water Week--more than 300 utilities, private companies, and government agencies have planned activities around this year’s theme, “Your Water: To Know It Is To Love It.”

Thompson said the Grand Rapids Water System will be celebrating the week by offering tours of the Lake Michigan Filtration Plant.

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