water systems http://michiganradio.org en Massive changes in store for Detroit's water system http://michiganradio.org/post/massive-changes-store-detroits-water-system <p>Detroit&rsquo;s Water and Sewerage Department will slash its workforce in a drastic overhaul set to take place over at least five years.</p><p>The move comes as city and department officials move to<a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2012/02/metro_detroit_water_rates_expe.html"> stem soaring water rates</a> as they deal with rising maintenance and operation costs.</p><p>City and department officials say they&rsquo;ll move to contract out most of the department&rsquo;s non-core functions.</p> Thu, 09 Aug 2012 02:34:23 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 8608 at http://michiganradio.org Massive changes in store for Detroit's water system Young children should be supervised around water http://michiganradio.org/post/young-children-should-be-supervised-around-water <p>Drowning is the leading cause of injury related death among children less than 4 years of age.&nbsp; That&#39;s according to a new report released by the Centers for Disease Control.<br /><br />Angela Minicuci is with the Michigan Department of Community Health.&nbsp; She says young children should be supervised around all sources of water both inside and outside of the house:</p> Mon, 28 May 2012 15:32:19 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 7642 at http://michiganradio.org Young children should be supervised around water Michigan's aging water systems http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-aging-water-systems <p>A coalition of union and environmental groups says it&rsquo;s time for the federal&nbsp;government to invest more money in the nation&rsquo;s aging water and sewer lines.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The group points to the city of Lansing as an example. The<a href="http://www.liuna.org/"> Laborers&rsquo;&nbsp;International Union of North America </a>says it would cost more than&nbsp;$280 million&nbsp;to fully repair and replace the capitol city&rsquo;s aging water lines. It&nbsp;&nbsp;estimates the cost statewide would be in the tens of billions of dollars.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 13 Dec 2011 21:36:18 +0000 Steve Carmody 5377 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's aging water systems MSU Study: Minorities pay more for water in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/msu-study-minorities-pay-more-water-michigan <p><a href="http://news.msu.edu/story/10062">A new study</a> indicates racial minorities pay more for water and sewer service than whites in Michigan.</p><p>Michigan State University researchers looked at what people across the state paid for water and sewer service in 2000. Basic economic theory predicts that rural residents would pay the most for such services.</p><p>But the researchers found precisely the opposite to be true. Their results show that people in urban centers&mdash;with large minority populations&mdash;paid the most.</p> Wed, 30 Nov 2011 00:20:48 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 5178 at http://michiganradio.org MSU Study: Minorities pay more for water in Michigan Water rates spiking in Benton Harbor http://michiganradio.org/post/water-rates-spiking-benton-harbor <p>Water bills in Benton Harbor will jump at least 40-percent in November.</p><p>Benton Harbor&rsquo;s water system has served the city and surrounding Benton Charter, St. Joe Charter, Hagar and Sodus Townships. Earlier this month Benton Township put its own system online.</p><p>The township decided to separate from Benton Harbor after years of mismanagement by the city. Mon, 31 Oct 2011 09:30:00 +0000 Lindsey Smith 4755 at http://michiganradio.org The future of Southeast Michigan's drinking water (part 1) http://michiganradio.org/post/future-southeast-michigans-drinking-water-part-1 <p>If you live in southeast Michigan, chances are you get your water through Detroit&rsquo;s municipal water system.</p><p>Detroit owns and operates the system that serves more than three million people. That&rsquo;s long been a major source of tension between the city and suburban communities.</p><p>Some recent events have pushed questions about system&rsquo;s long-term future into sharper focus. And it&rsquo;s shaping up to be a battle.</p> Thu, 15 Sep 2011 14:35:56 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 4163 at http://michiganradio.org The future of Southeast Michigan's drinking water (part 1) Suing the state over pollution permits http://michiganradio.org/post/suing-state-over-pollution-permits <p>A case that pinpoints a key issue in Michigan’s water law could come back before the state Supreme Court. The office of Attorney General Bill Schuette has asked the court to rehear the <a href="http://www.ausableanglers.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=1">Anglers of the Au Sable</a> case. The issue is: <a href="http://environmentreport.org/show.php?showID=504">whether citizen groups can take state agencies to court to protect the environment</a>.</p><p>Here's the nut of the case:</p><ul><li>The Anglers group won their suit in the lower court to protect one of the state’s prime trout streams. The Department of Environmental Quality had given Merit Energy permission to pump more than a million gallons a day of treated wastewater into a creek at the headwaters of the Au Sable River.</li><li>The Court of Appeals upheld the ruling against the oil company but exempted the Department of Environmental Quality from the lawsuit. The Appeals Court said the issuing of a permit doesn’t cause harm to the environment... it’s the person with the permit that could do that.</li></ul><p>So Anglers asked the Michigan Supreme Court to review that part of the ruling.</p><p>And in December the high court overturned the lower court and said state agencies that issue permits that result in harm can be named in a citizen suit.</p><p>The Court upheld clear language in the Michigan Environmental Protection Act that says any person can bring suit to protect the environment.</p><p>Jim Olson, an attorney for the Anglers, says the decision upholds state environmental law that’s been in place for more than forty years.</p><blockquote><p>“Permits that cause harm can be brought into Circuit Court and people can bring it out into the open and judges can make decisions so agencies can’t hide behind the cloak of bureaucracy.”</p></blockquote><p>Since December, a conservative majority is back in control of the Supreme Court.</p><p> Tue, 08 Feb 2011 16:25:07 +0000 Rebecca Williams 1201 at http://michiganradio.org