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Water Quality Management

Aquifer Protection and Groundwater Mapping

The Department performs cross-connection surveys at public (non-community) water well systems, provides initial response to oil and chemical spills, and distributes informational brochures.

Two areas in Genesee County have water well construction restrictions:

  • Affected Area Near Richfield Landfill, Richfield Township

Map of Richfield Landfill, Affected Area of Mt. Morris Road

Health Officer’s Comments Regarding Contaminated Aquifer by Richfield Landfill

  • Affected Area Near Forest Waste Site, Forest Township

Map of Affected Area Near Forest Waste

Installation Protocols for Residential Wells Near Forest Waste Site

The Groundwater mapping Project, funded under a Mott Foundation grant, built a computer data base from existing hydro geological information, mapped the major aquifer systems throughout the county, and conducted extensive metal and chemical sampling of county aquifers to establish background levels of water quality.  The data base is updated on an ongoing basis at the University of Michigan-Flint.

For more information, call (810) 257-3606.

 Private Wells

This program provides surveillance over water supplies to assure sufficient quantity, acceptable quality, and prevention of waterborne disease.  Staff inspect well sites, consult with well drilling contractors and pump installers to insure proper construction, issue permits, collect samples and maintain records of new wells.  The Division responds to contamination problems and promotes safeguards through public education.  The program includes services for both residential and non-community public on-site water supplies, such as those of restaurants, businesses, schools and religious institutions.  Approximately 4,000 activities are performed annually.

Please refer to our web page about installing a residential well. Or, for more information, please call (810) 257-3603.

Water Testing

After a well has been drilled on your property, you will need to test your water for bacteria.

State law requires the well owner to collect a “safe” bacteria water test from the well, before using the well. This test includes E. coli and coliform bacteria.

PUBLIC HEALTH FACT SHEET : COLIFORM

What are coliform?

Coliform are generally considered harmless bacteria. However, some specific types of coliform are harmful and may cause disease. Coliform have their origin in the intestinal tract of humans and all other warm blooded animals and are found in sewage.

Why is it important to test for coliform?

Due to their origin, coliform are widespread in our environment. Coliform are easy to find and fairly easy to identify. They are excellent indicator organisms. When found in drinking water, coliform bacteria alert us to the potential of finding harmful organisms.

What should I do when coliform are found?

Because coliform bacteria are very common, incidental contamination may occur. Resampling is always recommended before any physical intervention with the water supply system is attempted. If a second sample is unsafe, a licensed professional well contractor should be contacted. The water supply system can then be evaluated, needed repairs done, and the well and distribution system properly sanitized.

Click here to learn more about coliform bacteria and well water testing (this will open an informational pamphlet from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality).

Below is a list of area water labs that can do this test for you – call the laboratory of your choice to find out their testing requirements and fees. The well owner must provide the Health Department with a copy of the satisfactory test results. If you use a lab other than ours, please send us a copy of your results.

If you wish to use our laboratory, the charge for a bacteria water test is $15.00 (cash, check or charge).

Please stop by our office to pick up a free water test bottle. Be sure to read the instructions thoroughly and bring the sample back to us the same day you collect it.

Water samples are accepted Monday thru Thursday before 3:30 pm.

We are located at 630 S. Saginaw Street, in the Floyd J. McCree Courts and Human Services Center, on the 2nd floor (Environmental Health office).

Please note that we do close from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm daily and we are unable to accept water samples on the last day of the week.

While you must test for bacteria, you may wish to test for other things as well (for example; nitrates, arsenic, fluoride, lead, salt, etc.). If you would like to have additional tests done on your water, we would be happy to discuss this with you – please call us at (810) 257-3603.   

LOCAL LABORATORIES CERTIFIED FOR BACTERIOLOGIC WATER TESTING

CENTRAL MICHIGAN WATER LABORATORY
425 SOUTH DORT HIGHWAY

FLINT, MI
(810)-767-3825

GENESEE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH OFFICE, SUITE 4
630 SOUTH SAGINAW STREET
FLINT, MI                 

(810)-257-3603
Fax (810) 257-3125
gchd-ehwater@gchd.us

MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
STATE WATER LAB

LANSING, MI                       
(517)-335-8184

WATER TECH INC
718 S MICHIGAN
HOWELL, MI                        

(517)-548-2505

Application for a Water Well Permit

This will serve as clarification on the Genesee County Health Department’s policy for the installation of a water supply system.

The Health Department can only accept applications that are submitted three (3) working days prior to the planned construction date.

Applications should be submitted as follows: 
 

  1. Application for a Water Well Permit completed, signed, and dated.  
  2. Scaled Site Plan Drawing is required prior to permit issuance.  
  3. Cash or Check payable to “Genesee County Health Department”
      (We can only accept credit/debit cards in person at our office)

                   Private Residential Well……………………………………….  $200.00
Public Non-Community Well (Type III)……………………….  $300.00
 

This procedure will allow us to have all information necessary to make a thorough evaluation of the property, and keep our records consistent and complete.  

PLEASE NOTE: THE WELL PERMIT APPLICATION CANNOT BE COMPLETED ONLINE.
WE MUST HAVE THE ORIGINAL FORM. (WE CANNOT ACCEPT A COPY)

Please stop by our office in person to get a permit or call us so that we can mail you a permit.

After your well has been drilled, you will need to test your water for bacteria (more info here). You can use our lab (charge of $15), or you can use another lab and submit your satisfactory results to us. If you choose our lab, you must use one of our sanitary bottles (available free of charge).

Water samples are accepted Monday thru Thursday before 3:30 pm at 630 S. Saginaw Street, in the Floyd J. McCree Courts and Human Services Center, on the 2nd floor (Environmental Health office). The office is closed from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm daily, and we cannot accept samples on the last day of the week.  

If you have any questions, please contact our office at (810) 257-3603, or email us at gchd-ehwater@gchd.us

Environmental Health
Genesee County Health Department

Floyd J. McCree Courts and Human Services Center
630 S. Saginaw St. Suite 4
Flint, Michigan 48502-1540