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Michigan Public Water System Supervision Program - FY2018 PWSS Program Workplan

As a State with primacy for implementing the National Primary Drinking Water Regulations, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) is expected to fully implement all aspects of its safe drinking water statues and rules on which primacy is based. By regulation, EPA conducts reviews for state programs annually: the End-of-Year (EOY) evaluation. An additional tool used by EPA to evaluate a state’s drinking water program is an in-depth drinking water program review conducted approximately every 6 years. In 2016, U.S. EPA conducted an on-site review of the Michigan Drinking Water Program. As a result of the October 24, 2017 Final Program Review Report, Region 5 has been developing a corrective action plan to address its findings.

Corrective Action Plan (CAP)

The Michigan Corrective Action Plan (CAP) was drafted in late 2017, and has continued to undergo changes during FY 2018. The Region has determined the format and State commitments, and the latest version of this Michigan Corrective Action Plan is located in the link below; where the activities are prioritized into 3 categories:

  1. Required activities: Activities that are required to be completed first, such as activities required by regulation and activities directly related to public health protection; also including activities in the Implementation Plan (see below).
  2. Prioritized recommended activities: Activities that support the completion of required activities in Tab 1, including Inadequate Resources, Lead and Copper Rule, Data Management, Laboratory Support.
  3. Recommended activities for the State’s consideration.

Region 5 reviews MDEQ’s accomplishments throughout the year, and will formally discuss updates to the CAP during the MDEQ/Region 5 semi-annual evaluation call and the MDEQ/Region 5 Joint Evaluation call conducted each year, as well as periodically throughout each quarter. As work is done by MDEQ to complete the required activities, the CAP will be updated (i.e. the CAP will be a living document) adding progress over time.

In addition to the CAP, there are some activities with commitments that are tied to the federal PWSS grant. These activities are included in an “Implementation Plan”, prepared by the State as a part of each year’s federal PWSS grant workplan. The 3 activities documented in MDEQ’s FY 2017 Implementation Plan are currently highlighted in the CAP as findings/deficiencies. While these 3 activities are documented in the CAP, the Implementation Plan provides much greater detail necessary to indicate to EPA Region 5 that the State is making progress in achieving full implementation of the PWSS program, as required by EPA Grant regulations.

For FY 2018, a condition was included in the FY 2018 PWSS grant that states that the revised 2018 Implementation Plan and schedule must be submitted within 45 days of the award of the FY 2018 PWSS grant. This deadline was met.

In FY 2018, Region 5 will continue to add specific grant conditions related to full implementation as needed. State and Region 5 efforts to obtain additional resources necessary to fill the gaps associated with the FY 2019 activities that the State is not able to fully implement, will also be tracked in the CAP. Ultimately, State progress in implementing the essential activities also will be formally documented in each year’s EOY report.

2016 Michigan Program Review Followup Progress and Tracking Corrective Action Plan (XLSX)(165 K, April 30, 2019)

The PDFs below provide the FY 2018 PWSS grant workplan, which provides clear expectations, roles and responsibilities between EPA and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

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