In the news recently there have been a number of articles and stories about the condition of the drinking water in Flint, Michigan. The quality of our drinking water is important to all of us no matter where we live. In the U.S., the Environmental Protection Agency monitors annual water quality reports known as “Consumer Confidence Reports” or “CCRs.”
All community water systems must prepare and provide an annual water quality report to its customers by July 1st of each year covering the previous calendar year. Information contained in the CCR includes source of the water, levels of any contaminants, monitoring information and certain required educational information. Many water systems provide online access to the annual reports including prior years. Additionally, the EPA provides a list of water systems by state through an online map including name, address and phone number for each water system.
Using our “Free Public Records Search Directory” website, you can search for direct links to your area’s water quality reports or use the EPA’s website to access the reports.
To get started, go to our main “Free Public Records Search Directory” website and click on “Sustainability and Environmental Health” under “Search Public Records by Type of Record.” On our “Sustainability and Environmental Health Resources” page, you can access national links for a variety of environmental issues including the EPA’s “Water Quality Reports” link. The EPA’s website can be searched by city, town, county, zip code or name of water system. You can return to the main “Sustainability” page after conducting your research by clicking on “Return to Results” in the upper right hand corner of the page.
If you’d like to look for links by state, click on any one of the states and scroll to the desired link. As an example, click on “Michigan.” On the “Michigan Sustainability and Environmental Health Directory” page, scroll down to Genesee County, “City of Flint Water Quality Reports” link. This link will take you to a website titled “City of Flint Water Quality Concerns.” This page provides current information regarding the water system, community concerns and improvements being made to the system. After completing your research, again click on “Return to Results” in the upper right hand corner of the page to return to the “Michigan Sustainability” main page. On the “Michigan Sustainability” main page, you can close the page or click on “Home” or “Free Searches” in the upper left hand corner to access the main “Free Public Records Search Directory” page. This main page provides access to a variety of public records by category or state.
Whether you are researching the quality of your drinking water or some other type of public concern, our website provides links to many sources of information. Please watch for future blog articles about using our website for your research needs.