As Kent County's ISD we are committed to acting as a resource for all of our districts. These resources have been put together in an effort to help all of our districts find what they need quickly without the need to search through all of the various state pages to find information pertaining to standard items. Links to state websites have been provided as well if you cannot find what you are looking for.
Below you will find links to helpful links categorized according to the headings.
Testing Drinking Water
The issue is especially important if you have older buildings built prior to the mid 1980’s. We spoke with Chris Decker with Micro Air Consulting about this issue, and he provided us with some good information we wanted to share. Chris can provide water testing for any of your facilities, and he suggested the following:
1. While all of our buildings are a concern, you should probably prioritize any elementary buildings first.
2. Water testing costs will vary depending on the size of the building, but the range is $450-$750 per building. This includes multiple samples from various locations. Chris suggests testing for copper at the same time.
3.Each sample will be tested separately and results provided to you. It is possible that you might have one sample come back with very different results than others – even within the same building.
4.Micro Air will work closely with you throughout the entire process so you can understand your results and know your next steps. If you do have a sampling that comes back indicating higher levels, Micro Air will help you determine next steps. In many cases, a second testing might be the best bet before any work might be required.
If you have any questions about this process, Chris is a tremendous resource. His email is: firstname.lastname@example.org, and his phone number is 616-302-0819
There is also additional information about Testing Water and the Safe Drinking Water Act a little further down this page, if you would like to find more links to information that can help you out please scroll down further.
The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) oversees the licensing and regulation of more than 1.2 million individuals and entities in Michigan on an annual basis. LARA supports business growth and job creation while safeguarding Michigan's citizens through a simple, fair, efficient and transparent reulatory structure.
- Home Page- http://www.michigan.gov/lara/
Bureau Of Construction Codes (BCC)
The dedicated staff of the Bureau of Construction Codes (BCC) work as a team to assure that the built environment and the systems within are sound, safe and sanitary; building users' health, safety and welfare are protected; and that, through a coordinated program of code compliance, investigation and training, there is consistent application of standards.
Bureau of Fire Safety (BFS)
The Bureu of Fire Services is here to provide for the protection of persons and property from exposure to the dangers of fire through inspection and fire prevention and to serve the training needs of over 30,000 fire fighters in the state of Michigan.
The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality promotes wise management of Michigan's air, land, and water resources to support a sustainable environment, healthy communities, and vibrant economy.
- Home Page- http://www.michigan.gov/deq/
- Air- http://www.michigan.gov/deq/0,4561,7-135-3310---,00.html
- Land- http://www.michigan.gov/deq/0,4561,7-135-3311---,00.html
- Waste- http://www.michigan.gov/deq/0,4561,7-135-3312---,00.html
- Water- http://www.michigan.gov/deq/0,4561,7-135-3313---,00.html
- Sustainability- http://www.michigan.gov/deq/0,4561,7-135-70153---,00.html
Born in the wake of elevated concern about environmental pollution, EPA was established on December 2, 1970 to consolidate in one agency a variety of federal research, monitoring, standard-setting and enforcement activities to ensure environmental protection. Since its inception, EPA has been working for a cleaner, healthier environment for the American people.
- Home Page- http://www3.epa.gov/
- NPDES Storm Water- http://www3.epa.gov/region1/npdes/stormwater/index.html
- MS4 Permits- http://water.epa.gov/polwaste/npdes/stormwater/Municipal-Separate-Storm-Sewer-System-MS4-Main-Page.cfm
State Of Michigan
"Si Quaeris Peninsulam Amoenam Circumspice"(If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you.) The State of Michigan was admitted to the union in 1827 as the 26th state. The name michigan is derived from "Michi-Gama" meaning large lake. Michigan has over 11,000 lakes and more than 36,000 miles of lakes and streams, you are never more than 6 miles any one of them.
- Departments- http://www.michigan.gov/som/0,1607,7-192-29701_29702_30045---,00.html
- Online Services- http://www.michigan.gov/som/0,4669,7-192-29701_29785---,00.html
Testing Drinking Water-Safe Drinking Water Act
The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) was originally passed by Congress in 1974 to protect public health by regulating the nation's public drinking water supply. The law was amended in 1986 and 1996 and requires many actions to protect drinking water and its sources: rivers, lakes, reservoirs, springs, aquifers, and ground water wells.
- Laws and Regulations- http://water.epa.gov/infrastructure/drinkingwater/schools/regulations.cfm
- Lead and Copper Rule- http://water.epa.gov/lawsregs/rulesregs/sdwa/lcr/index.cfm
- Best Practices for schools with their own drinking water source- http://water.epa.gov/infrastructure/drinkingwater/schools/upload/epa816b13001.pdf
- Guidance and Tools- http://water.epa.gov/infrastructure/drinkingwater/schools/guidance.cfm
Other Related Links
Mercury gives off an invisible vapor that can be harmful to your health, but it's especially harmful to the health of children and unborn babies. Click the link above to learn more about the health effects of mercury and how to keep you and your family healthy and safe.
Mold plays a very important role in our lives. Without mold, we wouldn't have certain life-saving drugs like penicillin. We also wouldn't have cheese. Sometimes, though, mold grows in places it shouldn't - including inside our homes or workplaces.
This kind of mold needs to be cleaned up so that it doesn't cause health problems, such as headaches, runny eyes and noses, and coughing; or trigger attacks in kids and adults with asthma.
National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA)
Founded in 1896, NFPA is a global, nonprofit organization devoted to eliminating death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire, electrical and related hazards. The association delivers information and knowledge through more than 300 consensus codes and standards, research, training, education, outreach and advocacy; and by partnering with others who share an interest in furthering the NFPA mission.
- Home Page- http://www.nfpa.org/
Still Need More?
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