Governing Law and Regulations
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Water Bureau
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Michigan has received primacy from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to administer the federal Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). See the national section DRINKING WATER for additional information about SDWA requirements.
The state has adopted the federal maximum contaminant levels for state drinking water standards under authority
of the Michigan Safe Drinking Water Act. The state generally follows other federal rules for drinking water, but has some additional requirements for inspections, monitoring, operator certification, water hauling equipment and licenses, laboratory certification, and bottled water.
The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) also has regulations for protecting drinking water sources from groundwater contamination and for the construction and location of water wells. For additional information, see the state section GROUNDWATER.
• Administration and enforcement. In Michigan, DEQ's Water Bureau is responsible for enforcing drinking water ...