Newsletter: Time is Running Out for Water Asset Management Plans (June 2017)

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The clock is ticking on many communities to complete a drinking water Asset Management Plan (AMP) required by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality(MDEQ). If you are a Michigan owner/operator of a water system serving a population greater than 1,000 people, you are on the clock. Submittal deadline is January 1, 2018.

Meeting all the MDEQ new guidelines and requirements can take months. If you haven’t started, you should begin developing a
compliance strategy today.

Daryl VanDyke. manager for the Kalamazoo Lake Sewer & Water Authority for the last six years, is eager to get the results of a Water
AMP that is being developed. The Authority provides drinking water to the City of Saugatuck, the Village of Douglas and parts of Saugatuck
Township and most of the infrastructure – six water supply wells, a ground storage water tank, water treatment including iron removal and
disinfection, and approximately 53 miles of water mains – was built in the early 1900s.

Parts of the Authority’s water system goes back to the 1910s when each community had their own water system. However, few documents
were retained by the communities, VanDyke said.

“We’re on the clock just like other communities to meet the required Asset Management Program,” VanDyke said. “While we’re not thrilled
with this mandate upon small systems, it will help us to identify and list the deficiencies to make the communities aware of their assets.”

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