2020 CCR Report – Water Quality Report for the Charter Township of Genesee

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2020 Water Quality Report for  Charter Township of Genesee

This report provides a snapshot of the drinking water quality for Charter Township of Genesee for the calendar year 2020. Genesee County Drain Commissioner-Division of Water and Waste Services (GCDC-WWS) Water Treatment Plant are committed to meeting the state and federal water quality standards including the Lead and Copper Rule.  With the Great Lakes as our water source and proven treatment technologies,  GCDC-WWS Treatment Plant consistently delivers safe drinking water to our community.  Included are details about where our water comes from, what it contains, and how it compares to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and state standards.

About our system:

Your source water comes from Lake Huron. The watershed includes numerous short, seasonal streams that drain to Lake Huron. GCDC-WWS voluntarily developed and received approval in 2017 for a source water protection program (SWIPP) for the Lake Huron Water Treatment Plant and GCDC-WWS Treatment Plant intake.  The program includes seven elements that include the following: roles and duties of government units and water supply agencies, delineation of a source water protection area, identification of potential of source water protection area, management approaches for protection, contingency plans, siting of new sources and public participation and education.  If you would like to know more information about the Source Water Assessment or SWIPP, please contact the Public Works at (810) 640-2000.

Special information available:

 Some people may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water than the general population. Immuno-compromised persons such as persons with cancer undergoing chemotherapy, persons who have undergone organ transplants, people with HIV/AIDS or other immune systems disorders, some elderly, and infants can be particularly at risk from infections.  These people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers.  EPA/CDC guidelines on appropriate means to lessen the risk of infection by Cryptosporidium and other microbial contaminants are available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline 800-426-4791.

Health and safety information:

Drinking Water, including bottled water, may reasonably be expected to contain at least small amounts of some contaminants.  The presence of contaminants does not necessarily indicate that water poses a health risk.  More information about contaminants and potential health effects can be obtained by calling the EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-426-4791).

Contaminants that may be present in source water include:

  • Microbial contaminants, such as viruses and bacteria, which may come from sewage treatment plants, septic systems, agricultural livestock operations and wildlife.
  • Inorganic contaminants, such as salts and metals, which can be naturally-occurring or result from urban storm water runoff, industrial or domestic wastewater discharges, oil and gas production, mining or farming.
  • Pesticides and herbicides, which may come from a variety of sources such as agriculture and residential uses.
  • Radioactive contaminants, which are naturally occurring or be the result of oil and gas production and mining activities.
  • Organic chemical contaminants, including synthetic and volatile organic chemicals, which are by-products of industrial processes and petroleum production, and can also come from gas stations, urban storm water runoff, and septic systems.

In order to ensure that tap water is safe to drink, EPA prescribes regulations that limit the amount of certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems.  Food and Drug Administration regulations establish limits for contaminants in bottled water which provide the same protection for public health.

       2020 Regulated Detected Contaminant Tables

Inorganic Chemicals – Monitoring at the Plant Finished Water Tap

Regulated

Contaminate

Test

date

 

Unit

Health

Goal

MCLG

Allowed

Level

MCL

Highest

Level

Detected

Range of

Detection

Violation

Yes/no

Major Sources in Drinking Water
 

Flouride*

 

Daily

 

ppm

 

4

 

4

 

 

0.87

 

 

0.12-0.87

 

NO

Erosion of Natural Deposits: Water

Additive, which promotes strong

Teeth: Discharge from fertilizer and

Aluminium factories

Arsenic 4-22-20 ppb 10 10 0.46 N/A NO Erosion of natural deposits; runoff from orchards; runoff from glass and electronics production wastes
Barium 4-22-20 ppm 2 2 .013 N/A NO Erosion of natural deposits; discharge from petroleum and metal refineries discharge from mines

*Flouride is monitored daily in the finished water

Disinfection By-Products- Monitoring in Distribution System

Regulated

Contaminant

Test

Date

 

  Unit

Health

Goal

MCLG

Allowed

Level

MCL

Highest

LRAA

Range of

Detection

Violation

Yes/no

Major Sources in Drinking Water
Total

Trihalomethanes

(TTHM)

 

2020

 

 

ppb

 

n/a

 

80

 

45

 

31 – 69

 

NO

 

By-Product of Drinking

Water Chlorination

Halocetic Acids

(HAA5)

 

2020

 

ppb

 

n/a

 

60

 

21

 

9 – 36

 

NO

By-Product of Drinking

Water disinfection

Disinfection Residuals – Monitoring in Distribution System

Regulated

Contaminant

Unit Health

Goal

MRDLG

Allowed

Level

Highest

RAA

Range of

Detection

Violation

Yes/no

Major Sources in Drinking Water
Total Chlorine

Residual

ppm 4 4 .72 .2 – 1.26 NO Water Additive to control

Microbes

2020 Turbidity – Monitored every 4 Hours at Plant Finished Water

    Highest Single

Measurment Cannot

     Exceed 1 NTU

                 Lowest  Monthly % of Samples Meeting

                Turbidity Limit of 0.3 NTU (minimum 95%)

Violation

Yes/no

Major Sources in Drinking Water
 

0.10 NTU

 

100%

 

NO

 

                Soil Runoff

Turbidity is a measure of cloudiness of water. We monitor it because it is a good indicator of effectiveness of our filtration system

2020 Lead and Copper at Consumer Tap

Regulated

Contaminate

Unit Health

Goal

MCLG

Action

Level

AL

90th

Percentile

Value*

Range of individual results Number of

Samples

Over AL

Violation

Yes/no

Major Sources in Drinking Water
Lead (Jan-June) ppb 0 15 0 0 – 5 0 NO Corrosion of household  plumbing system

Erosion of natural deposits,lead service lines

Lead (July-Dec) ppb 0 15 0 0 – 1 0 NO Corrosion of household  plumbing system

Erosion of natural deposits, lead service lines

Copper (Jan-June) ppm 1.3 1.3 0.1 0.0 – 0.1 0 NO Corrosion of household plumbing system

Erosion of natural deposits

Copper (July-Dec) ppm 1.3 1.3 0.1 0.0 – 0.1 0 NO Corrosion of household plumbing system

Erosion of natural deposits

*90th percentile value is the concentration of lead and copper in tap water exceeded by 10 percent of the sites sampled during a monitoring period. If the 90th percentile value is above the AL additional requirements must be met. 

Regulated Contaminant                                 Treatment Technique Typical Source of Contaminant
 

Total Organic Carbon (ppm)

The Total Organic Carbon (TOC) removal ratio is calculated as the ratio

Between the actual TOC removal and the TOC removal requirements.

The TOC was measured each quarter and because the level was low

Ther is no TOC removal requirement

 

Erosion of Natural deposits

 

Microbial

Contaminants

MCL MCLG Number

Detected

Violation

Yes/no

Typical Source of

Contaminant

Total Coliform

Bacteria

>1 positive monthly sample

(>5% of monthly samples

Positive)

 

0

 

ND

 

NO

Naturally present in the

environment

 

 E.coli bacteria

Routine and repeat  sample

Total coliform positive, and is

Also fecal or E.coli positive

 

 

0

 

ND

 

NO

Human and Animal fecal

Waste

 

Radionuclides 2019

 
     
Regulated contaminant Test date Unit Health

Goal

MCLG

Allowed Level Level Detected Violation

Yes/No

Major sources in Drinking

Water

Combined Radium

226 and 228

2-13-19 pCi/L 0 5 1.0 +- 0.50 NO       Erosion of Natural Deposits
Gross Alpha 2-13-19 pCi/L 0 15 2.0+-1.0 NO Erosion of Natural  Deposits

 

                                                2020 Unregulated Detected Contaminant

     Unregulated Parameters        MCLG                  MCL         Level Detected Source of Contamination
  Sodium (ppm)          n/a                   n/a                    9 Erosion of natural deposits

 

Unregulated Contaminants

Unregulated contaminants are those for which EPA has not established drinking water standards. The purpose of

Unregulated monitoring is to assist EPA in determining the occurrence of unregulated contaminants in drinking water and

Whether future regulation is warranted. Before EPA regulates a contaminant, it considers adverse health effects, the

Occurrence of the contaminant in drinking water, and whether the regulation would reduce health risk. GCDC-WWS

Began monitoring for Unregulated contaminants in 2013 and willcontinue additional sampling in 2019 and 2020. The Charter Township of Genesee began Monitoring for Unregulated Contaminates in 2018 and continued sampling into 2019. The following tables list the Unregulated substances detected during the 2019 calendar year.

 Unregulated Contaminants – Monitored at the primary source (AM1 : metals, pesticides, alcohols, SOVCs) – tested for in 2019

Contaminant Units Result Source
Bromide ppm ND – 23.2 Naturally present in fossil fuels, coal, and shale
Total Organic Carbon ppm 2 – 2.4 Erosion of natural deposits

 

2019 Unregulated Contaminants- Monitored at the Treatment Plant and entry Point into System – tested for in 2019

Contaminant Units Range Source
Manganese, total ug/l 2.1 – 10.6 Naturally present in the environment

 

2019 Unregulated Contaminants-Monitored in distribution system(AM1 : Entry Point)

Contaminant Units Range Source
Manganese Ug/l 4.56 – 4.72 Disinfection by products group

 

2019 Unregulated Contaminants – HAA’s Monitored in the distribution system ( AM2 : DBP1,DBP2 ) – tested for in 2019

Contaminant Units Range Source
Bromochloroacetic acid ug/l 3.00 – 3.33 By-product of drinking water disinfection
Bromodichloroacetic acid ug/l 3.52 – 4.56 By-product of drinking water
Chlorodibromoacetic acid ug/l 0.623 – 0.915 By-product of drinking water
Dibromoacetic acid ug/l 0.432 – 0.493 By-product of drinking water
Dichloroacetic acid ug/l 7.61 – 12.3 By-product of drinking water
Monobromoacetic acid ug/l <0.300 – 0.311 By-product of drinking water
Trichloroacetic acid ug/l 7.85 – 12.7 By-product of drinking water

 

2019 Unregulated contaminate – Monitored in Distribution system (AM3 : Entry Point – tested for in 2019

Contaminate Units             Range Source
CVTM Percent CV        .800 – 8.60 Naturally present in the environment

 

Information about lead:

If present, elevated levels of lead can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant women and young children. The water that the GCDC-WWS Water Treatment plant delivers to our community does not contain lead. Lead in drinking water is primarily from materials and components associated with service lines and home plumbing. The Charter Township of Genesee is responsible for providing high quality drinking water, but cannot control the variety of materials used in plumbing components. When your water has been sitting for several hours, you can minimize the potential for lead exposure by flushing your tap for 30 seconds to 2 minutes before using water for drinking or cooking. If you are concerned about lead in your water, you may want to have your water tested. Information on lead in drinking water, testing methods, and steps you can take to minimize exposure is available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-426-4791) or at http;//www.epa.gov/safewater/lead.

                                  How do I read this Chart?

Our water is tested to assure that it is safe and healthy. These Tables are based on tests conducted by Genesee Township within the last five (5) calendar years. We conduct many tests throughout the year, however , only tests that show the presence of a contaminant are shown here. The table on this page is a key to the terms used in the table. Sources of Contaminants show where this substance usually originates.

   Key to Detected Contaminants Table

 

AL

 

Action Level

The concentration of a contaminant, which, if exceeded, triggers treatment

Or other requirements which a water system must follow.

 

HAA5

 

Halo Acetic Acids

HAA5 is the total of bromoacetic, chloroacetic, dibromo acetic, dichloroacetic,

and trichloroacetic acids. Compliance is based on the total.

 

 

LRAA

 

Locational Running Annual Average

The average of  analytical results for samples at a particular monitoring location during

the previous four quarters.

 

MCL

 

Maximum Contaminant Level

The highest level of contaminant that is allowed in drinking water. MCLs are set as close

to the MCLGs as feasible using the best available treatment technology.

 

MCLG

 

Maximum Contaminant Level Goal

The level of contaminant in drinking water below which there is no known or expected

risk to health. MCLG’s allows for a margin of safety.

 

MRDL

 

Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level

The highest level of disinfectant allowed in drinking water. There is convincing evidence that addition of a disinfectant is necessary for control of microbial contaminants.
 

MRDLG

 

Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level Goal

The level of a drinking water disinfectant below which there is no known or expected risk to health. MRDLG’s do not reflect the benefits of the use of disinfectants to control microbial contaminants.
 

N/A

 

not applicable

 

Does not apply

 

ND

 

Not Detected

 

Result is not detectable at or below the laboratory detection level

 

NTU

 

Nephelometric Turbidty Units

 

Measures the cloudiness of water

 

pCi/L

 

Picocuries Per Liter

 

A measure of radioactivity

 

ppb

 

Parts per Billion ( one in one billion)

The ppb is equivalent to micrograms per liter.

A microgram = 1/1000 milligrams

 

ug/L

 

Micrograms per Liter

A microgram = 1/1000 milligrams. 1 microgram  per liter is equal to

1 part per billion

 

ppm

 

Parts Per Million (one in one million)

The ppm is equivalent to milligrams per liter.

A milligram = 1/1000 gram

 

RAA

 

Running Annual Average

The average of analytical results for all samples taken

during the previous twelve months.

 

TT

 

Treatment Technique

A required process intended to reduce the level of contaminant  in drinking water.
 

TTHM

 

Total Trihalomethanes

Total Trihalomethanes is the sum of chloroform, bromodichloromethane, dibromochloromethane and bromoform. Compliance is based on the total.
 

C

 

Celsius

A scale of Temperature in which water freezes at  0 and boils at  100

under standard conditions.

 

 

Greater Than

 
  90th Percentile The concentration of lead or copper  in tap water exceeded by

10 percent of sites sampled during a monitoring period.

 

Genesee Township, and the GCDC-WWS Treatment Plant are committed to safeguarding our water supply and delivering the highest quality drinking water to protect public health. We will update this report annually and will keep you informed of any problems that may occur throughout the year, as they happen.  Copies are available at Genesse Township Hall, 7244 N. Genesee Rd. Genesee MI 48437.  We invite public participation in decisions that affect drinking water quality.  For more information about your water, or the contents of this report, contact Public Works at (810) 640-2000 ext. #5.  For more information about safe drinking water visit the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency at www.epa.gov/safewater/.

How do I read this Chart?

It’s easy! Our water is tested to assure that it is safe and healthy. These Tables are based on tests conducted by The Charter Township of Genesee within the last five calendar years. We conduct many tests throughout the year ,however, only testes that show the presence of contaminant are shown here. The table on this page is key to the terms used in the following table. Sources of Contaminants show where this substance usually originates.

                               Key to Detected Contaminates Table

 

Symbol Non-Abbreviated Symbol or Term                  Definition/Explanation
AL Action level The concentration of a contaminant, which, if exceeded, triggers treatment or other requirements which a water system must follow.
HAA5 Halocetic Acids HAA5 is the total of bromoacetic, chloroacetic, dibromo acetic, dichloroacetic, and trichloroacetic acids. Compliance is based on the total.
LRAA Locational Running Annual Average The average of analytical results for samples at particular monitoring location during the previous four quarters.
MCL Maximum Contaminant Level The highest level of a contaminant that is allowed in drinking water. MCLs are set as close to the MCLGs as feasible using the best available treatment technology
MCLG Maximum Contaminant Level Goal The level of contaminant in drinking water below which there is no known or expected risk to health. MCLGs allows for a margin of safety.
MRDL Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level The highest level of disinfectant allowed in drinking water. There is convincing evidence that addition of a disinfectant is necessary for control of microbial contaminants.
MRDLG Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level Goal The level of a drinking water disinfectant below which there no known or expected risk to health. MRDLG’s do not reflect the benefits of use of disinfectants to control microbial contaminants.
N/A Not Applicable Does not apply
ND Not Detected Result is not detectable at or below the laboratory detection level.
NTU Nephelometric Turbidity Units Measures the cloudiness of water
pCi/L Picocuries Per Liter A measure of radioactivity
ppb Parts Per Billion ( one in one billion) The ppb equivalent to micrograms per liter.

A microgram = 1/1000 milligram

ug/L Micrograms per liter A microgram = 1/1000 milligrams 1 microgram per liter is equivalent to 1 part per billion (ppb)
ppm Parts Per Million ( one in one million The ppm is equivalent to milligrams per liter

A milligram =1/1000 gram

RAA Running Annual Average The average of analytical results for samples taken during the previous twelve months.
TT Treatment Technique A required process intended to reduce the level of a contaminant in drinking water.
TTHM Total Trihalomethanes Total Trihalomethanes is the sum of chloroform, bromodichloromethane, dibromochloromethane and bromoform. Compliance is based on total.
C Celsius A scale of temperature in which water freezes at 0 and boils at 100 under standard conditions.
Greater than Mathematical symbol that denotes a value “greater than” another value.
  90TH Percentile Value The concentration of lead or copper in tap water exceeded by 10 percent of sites sampled during a monitoring period.

 

Fire Fighters Needed – Apply on Line

The Charter Township of Genesee is looking to hire Fire Fighters.  On the main page under “I Want To” choose Employment Application.

Thank You

Public Notice Regarding Separate Storm Sewer System in Genesee Charter Township

PUBLIC NOTICE

Date:                                          May 17, 2021

Permit No.:                               MI0060014

Designated Site Name:          Genesee Twp MS4-Genesee

The Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE), Water Resources Division (WRD), proposes to reissue a permit to Genesee Charter Township for the Genesee Charter Township Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System located in Genesee County, Michigan. The applicant discharges storm water to surface waters of the state of Michigan.

The draft permit includes the following modifications to the previously-issued permit:

This individual permit supersedes Certificate of Coverage No. MIG610073.

Copies of the permit application, Public Notice, and draft permit may be obtained via the Internet at https://miwaters.deq.state.mi.us (select ‘Public Notice Search,’ enter the permit number into the search field, and then click ‘Search’), or you may request copies be mailed to you by contacting Sherry Thelen at e-mail: ThelenS5@michigan.gov, or telephone: 517-284-5570.

Persons wishing to submit comments or request a public hearing should go to https://miwaters.deq.state.mi.us, select ‘Public Notice Search,’ search for this public notice by entering the permit number into the search field, click ‘Search,’ click ‘View,’ click ‘Add Comment,’ enter information into the fields, and then click ‘Submit.’ Comments or objections to the draft permit received by June 16, 2021 will be considered in the final decision to issue the permit, as will comments made at a public hearing should one be held by the Department on the draft permit.

Any person may request the Department to hold a public hearing on the draft permit. The request should include specific reasons for the request, indicating which portions of the draft permit constitute the need for a hearing. If submitted comments indicate significant public interest in the draft permit or if useful information may be produced, the Department may, at its discretion, hold a public hearing on the draft permit.

If a public hearing is scheduled, public notice of the hearing will be provided at least 30 days in advance. The hearing will normally be held in the vicinity of the discharge. Inquiries should be directed to Kathryn Gallagher, Permits Section, WRD, EGLE, P.O. Box 30458, Lansing, Michigan 48909-7958; telephone: 517-667-8321; or e-mail: GallagherK1@michigan.gov.

Recycling-Emterra Environmental USA

Emterra Environmental USA Statement to Public

ATTENTION GENESEE COUNTY RESIDENTS:

Emterra Environmental USA has temporarily suspended recycling services for the County.  We apologize for the inconvenience and hope to resume recycling services in two weeks time.  We will continue to pick up waste and compost as per usual, and update residents on any further changes.

Thank you for your patience at this time.  Stay safe!

Notice Regarding Noxious Weeds, Dead Grass and Brush

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that all noxious weeds growing and all dead grass and brush on any subdivided land or land along public streets or roads or improved streets, for a depth of 10 roads or the depth of the lots, whichever is the lesser, within the Charter Township of Genesee, County of Genesee and State of Michigan, must be cut down on or before the 1st day of May, June, July, August, September and October 2021, to prevent such weeds from going to seed and prevent their re-growth, as the case may be, and to prevent such dead grass and brush from becoming a fire hazard.  No person shall allow any weeds or grass to exceed eight (8) inches in height.

Failure to comply with this notice on or before the above mentioned date shall make any party so failing liable for the costs of cutting said noxious weeds and dead grass and brush by said Charter Township of Genesee, said cost to be levied and collected against said lands in the same manner as other taxes are levied and collected, pursuant to the Provisions Act 359 of the Public Acts of 1941, as amended, being MCL 247.61 ET SEQ.

THIS NOTICE IS PUBLISHED PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF CHARTER TOWNSHIP OF GENESEE ORDINANCE NO 421, AND AMENDED ORDINANCE NO 511.

Important Message From Emterra Environmental USA Regarding Trash and Recycling

April 2020

During this pandemic, we understand that many households, being told to stay home, are doing some spring cleaning. We have noticed a huge increase in curbside waste. This increase is causing our employees to work longer hours to ensure everything is picked up in a timely manner.

Many haulers have cut services and are no longer taking compost or recycling. Emterra Environmental USA has not done this yet and will attempt to continue to keep all services intact, but we need your help to do so.

Our first priority at this time is the health and well-being of our essential employees. In order to keep them safe and healthy we are requesting that large spring clean ups (basements, pole barns, etc.)  are not put curbside until the pandemic is under control.

Please put out your normal weekly trash (in bags and not exceeding 50 lbs.) and recycling only.  Hold off on large items (bulk items) and additional waste until a later date. If we continue to see an increase we will be forced to do as other haulers and halt services for the time being. We do not want to do this, but we need your help.

While our prayers are with any person or family that has tested positive for Covid -19, we need those households to not put their household trash to the curb.  Those households need to keep their waste within their own home, so that more people do not get infected.

We thank you for your understanding.

Stay Safe. Stay Home.

Burn Permit Language

Charter Township of Genesee Burn Permit

Prohibited Burning
* Burning of refuse including but not limited to paper, cartons, boxes, plastic, furniture, building materials, wood pallets, and trash including but not limited to metals, tin cans and glass.
* Burning of garbage, including but not limited to any putrescible animal or vegetable waste resulting from handling, preparation of cooking or consumption of food.
* Burning of yard waste, including leaves, grass clippings, and wastes produced from landscaping and garden activities.
* Burning in streets, ditches, and public right of way.

Permitted Burning
The person listed below is granted permission to have one open fire per day at the address listed below subject to the provisions of the Charter Township of Genesee Ordinance No 504 and Public Act 451 of 1994 and the rules promulgated there under.

Fires For Disposal of Limbs and Branches

* Fires for cleanup of limbs, branches and brush are permitted, provided they do not create or add to a hazardous or objectionable condition.
* Such fires shall be a minimum size for the intended purpose but shall not be greater than six (6) feet in diameter and six (6) feet in height.
* Such fires shall not be started before sunrise and must be completely extinguished by sunset. Completely extinguished means that ashes are cold to the touch.
* Such fires shall be attended at all times by a person at least eighteen (18) years of age, who is in control and capable of extinguishing the fire. A garden hose should be available for this purpose.
* Such fires must be at 50 feet from any structure, including wood fences and wood decks.
* Flammable or combustible liquids may not be used to start such open fires, including but not limited to gasoline, kerosene of fuel oil.
* Atmospheric conditions must be favorable for the open fire. Fires should not be started in high wind or dry conditions.

Recreational Fires in Fire Pits and Patio Fireplaces

General Recreational Fire Rules
* Only clean wood products, or commercially produced fuel products may be burned. No
chemically treated wood, construction materials or pallet wood may be burned.
* Atmospheric conditions must be favorable for the open fire. Fires should not be stated
in high wind or dry conditions.
* Recreational fires may not be started before sunrise and must be completely extinguished
by midnight. Completely extinguished means that the ashes are cold to the touch.
* Flammable or combustible liquids may not be used to start such open fires, including but
not limited to gasoline, kerosene or fuel oil.

Fire Pits
* Fire Pits may not be larger than forty-eight (48) inches in diameter, and must be at least
eighteen (18) inches deep.
* The Fire Pit must have a non-combustible ring around the top made of stone, cement
blocks, landscaping blocks or a metal fire ring.
* Fire Pits must be at least twenty-five (25) feet from any structure, including wood fences
and wood decks.
* The material being burned cannot be more than eighteen (18) inches above the top of
the pit and may not extend past the sides of the pit. The fire must be fully contained within
the pit.

Patio Fireplaces
* Fires in Patio Fireplaces must be at least fifteen (15) feet from any structure, including wood fences and wood decks.
* Fires in Patio Fireplaces must be at least fifteen (15) feet from adjacent property lines.

Violation of the provisions of the Open Fires and Burning Ordinance may result in assessment of costs to the responsible party for the enforcement of the Ordinance. In addition, violation of the ordinance is a misdemeanor and may be up to ninety (90) days in jail and a five hundred ($500) dollar fine or both.

MISSDIG 811 Doing Any DIY Projects This Summer?

Doing Any DIY Projects This Summer?

Know What’s Below Before You Dig!
Even Hand digging can cause damage. Over 25% of damage is from homeowners.
Become part of the solution!
Protect
• Yourself
• Your family
• Your Community

*Decks & Patios   *Trees or Shrubs   *Swing Sets   *Signs   *Fountains   *Tents   *Fences   *Mailbox Posts   *Room Additions   *Gardens   *Swimming Pools   *Landscaping

It’s the LAW! It’s fast and it’s FREE!!!

What do you mean FREE?
When you contact MISS DIG 811, the public facility companies are notified to mark the location of their underground lines.

Public facilities are marked for FREE by facility company representatives known as Locators. The Locators paint lines and/or place flags to mark the approximate location of underground public lines.

TO PLACE A DIG NOTICE
• Visit elocate.missdig811.org
• In the e-Locate box click Start.
• Complete the e-Locate Request.
• Check your status before you dig @status.missdig811.org
• Enter your ticket #. Click Inquire.

Those painted lines usually run from the main facility to the meter on your house.

Not everything gets marked when you call. Private facility lines are NOT marked.

The unmarked private lines usually run from the house to any other building or object with service in your yard, like a garage or lamp post. A private locator may be hired to mark them.
And often, water and sewer lines are only marked in the right-of-way not all the way to the meter on the house.

It’s the LAW?
Yes, a bill was signed by Gov. Rick Snyder and has been in effect since April 1, 2014. Be smart and contact MISS DIG 811 before you dig.

Why so many flags? What do they mean? Can I remove them?
Do NOT remove the flags until the work is completed or after 21 days.

Color Key:
White – Area of Proposed Excavation
Pink – Temporary Survey Markings
Red – Electric
Yellow – Gas, Oil, Steam, Propane
Orange – Phone and Cable
Blue – Water
Purple – Reclaimed water, irrigation
Green – Sewer
Gray – Used to Erase Marks

5 Steps to Safe Digging
1. Call MISS DIG 811 at 811 or go online to elocate.missdig811.org
2. Wait for utilities to be marked
3. Check status @ status.missdig811.org
4. Respect the marks
5. Dig with care