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Can You Drink Tap Water in Mount Pleasant?
Yes, Mount Pleasant's tap water is generally considered safe to drink as Mount Pleasant has no active health based violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) that we are aware of. Other factors such as lead piping in a home, or low levels of pollutants on immunocompromised individuals, should also be considered, however. To find more recent info we might have, you can check out our boil water notice page or the city's water provider website.
According the EPA’s ECHO database, from April 30, 2019 to June 30, 2022, Mount Pleasant's water utility, Mount Pleasant, had 0 violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act. For more details on the violations, please see our violation history section below. The last violation for Mount Pleasant was resolved on July 31, 2017. This assessment is based on the Mount Pleasant water system, other water systems in the city may have different results.
While tap water that meets the EPA health guidelines generally won’t make you sick to your stomach, it can still contain regulated and unregulated contaminants present in trace amounts that could potentially cause health issues over the long-run. These trace contaminants may also impact immunocompromised and vulnerable individuals.
The EPA is reviewing if it’s current regulations around pollutant levels in tap water are strict enough, and the health dangers posed by unregulated pollutants, like PFAS.
Mount Pleasant Tap Water Safe Drinking Water Act Violation History - Prior 10 Years
Below is a ten year history of violations for the water system named Mount Pleasant for Mount Pleasant in Michigan. For more details please see the "What do these Violations Mean?" section below.
From July 1, 2017 to July 31, 2017, Mount Pleasant had 1 non-health based Safe Drinking Water Act violation with the violation category being Monitoring and Reporting, more specifically, the violation code was Monitoring, Turbidity (Enhanced SWTR) which falls into the Microbials rule code group, and the Surface Water Treatment Rules rule code family for the following contaminant code: Interim Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule.
From Oct. 1, 2016 to Oct. 31, 2016, Mount Pleasant had 1 non-health based Safe Drinking Water Act violation with the violation category being Monitoring and Reporting, more specifically, the violation code was Monitoring, Source Water (LT2) which falls into the Microbials rule code group, and the Surface Water Treatment Rules rule code family for the following contaminant code: E. COLI.
Is there Lead in Mount Pleasant Water?
Based on the EPA’s ECHO Database, 90% of the samples taken from the Mount Pleasant water system, Mount Pleasant, between sample start date and sample end date, were at or below, 0.0011 mg/L of lead in Mount Pleasant water. This is 7.3% of the 0.015 mg/L action level. This means 10% of the samples taken from Mount Pleasant contained more lead.
While Mount Pleasant water testing may have found 0.0011 mg/L of lead in its water, that does not mean your water source has the same amount. The amount of lead in water in a city can vary greatly from neighborhood to neighborhood, or even building to building. Many buildings, particularly older ones, have lead pipes or service lines which can be a source of contamination. To find out if your home has lead, we recommend getting you water tested.
No amount of lead in water is healthy, only less dangerous. As lead accumulates in our bodies over time, even exposure to relatively small amounts can have negative health effects. For more information, please check out our Lead FAQ page.
Are there PFAS in Mount Pleasant Tap Water?
Currently, testing tap water for PFAS isn’t mandated on a national level. We do have a list of military bases where there have been suspected or confirmed leaks. There appears to be no military bases near Mount Pleasant with suspected leaks.
With many potential sources of PFAS in tap water across the US, the best information we currently have about which cities have PFAS in their water is this ewg map, which you can check to see if Mount Pleasant has been evaluated for yet.
Our stance is better safe than sorry, and that it makes sense to try to purify the tap water just in case.
Mount Pleasant SDWA Violation History Table - Prior 10 Years
|Compliance Period||Status||Health-Based?||Category Code||Code||Rule Code||Contaminant Code||Rule Group Code||Rule Family Code|
|07/01/2017 - 07/31/2017||Resolved||No||Monitoring and Reporting (MR)||Monitoring, Turbidity (Enhanced SWTR) (38)||Long Term 1 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule (122)||Interim Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule (0300)||Microbials (100)||Surface Water Treatment Rules (120)|
|10/01/2016 - 10/31/2016||Resolved||No||Monitoring and Reporting (MR)||Monitoring, Source Water (LT2) (32)||Long Term 2 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule (123)||E. COLI (3014)||Microbials (100)||Surface Water Treatment Rules (120)|
What do these Violations Mean?
Safe Drinking Water Act Violations categories split into two groups, health based, and non-health based. Generally, health based violations are more serious, though non-health based violations can also be cause for concern.
Health Based Violations
- Maximum contaminant levels (MCLs) - maximum allowed contaminant level was exceeded.
- Maximum residual disinfectant levels (MRDLs) - maximum allowed disinfectant level was exceeded.
- Other violations (Other) - the exact required process to reduce the amounts of contaminants in drinking water was not followed.
Non-Health Based Violations
- Monitoring and reporting violations (MR, MON) - failure to conduct the required regular monitoring of drinking water quality, and/or to submit monitoring results on time.
- Public notice violations (Other) - failure to immediately alert consumers if there is a serious problem with their drinking water that may pose a risk to public health.
- Other violations (Other) - miscellaneous violations, such as failure to issue annual consumer confidence reports or maintain required records.
SDWA Table Key
|Compliance Period||Dates of the compliance period.|
Current status of the violation.
|Health-Based?||Whether the violation is health based.|
The category of violation that is reported.
|Code||A full description of violation codes can be accessed in the SDWA_REF_CODE_VALUES (CSV) table.|
|Contaminant Code||A code value that represents a contaminant for which a public water system has incurred a violation of a primary drinking water regulation.|
Code for a National Drinking Water rule.
|Rule Group Code||
Code that uniquely identifies a rule group.
|Rule Family Code||
Code for rule family.
For more clarification please visit the EPA's data dictionary.
Mount Pleasant Water - Frequently Asked Questions
|By Mail:||320 W Broadway
MT PLEASANT, MI, 48858
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Moving to a new house or apartment in Mount Pleasant means you will often need to put the water in your name with Mount Pleasant. In order to put the water in your name, please click the link to the start service form below. Start service requests for water bills typically take two business days.
Leaving your house or apartment in Mount Pleasant means you will likely need to take your name off of the water bill with Mount Pleasant. In order to take your name off the water bill, please click the link to the stop service form below. Stop service for water bills requests typically take two business days.
The estimated price of bottled water
$1.69 in USD (1.5-liter)
USER SUBMITTED RATINGS
- Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 29% Low
- Water Pollution 47% Moderate
- Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 71% High
- Water Quality 53% Moderate
The above data is comprised of subjective, user submitted opinions about the water quality and pollution in Mount Pleasant, measured on a scale from 0% (lowest) to 100% (highest).
City of Mount Pleasant
EWG's drinking water quality report shows results of tests conducted by the water utility and provided to the Environmental Working Group by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, as well as information from the U.S. EPA Enforcement and Compliance History database (ECHO). For the latest quarter assessed by the U.S. EPA (January 2019 - March 2019), tap water provided by this water utility was in compliance with federal health-based drinking water standards.
- Serves: 26084
- Data available: 2012-2017
- Data Source: Surface water
- Total: 7
Contaminants That Exceed Guidelines
- Chromium (hexavalent)
- Total trihalomethanes (TTHMs)
Other Detected Contaminants
- Haloacetic acids (HAA5)
Always take extra precautions, the water may be safe to drink when it leaves the sewage treatment plant but it may pick up pollutants during its way to your tap. We advise that you ask locals or hotel staff about the water quality. Also, note that different cities have different water mineral contents.
Sources and Resources
The City of Mount Pleasant Water Department routinely monitors for contaminants in the drinking water according to Federal and State laws and sampling directives. The Test Results Table featured in this report shows the monitoring results during the period of January 1 – December 31, 2020. With bottled water, drinking water may be reasonably suspected to contain at least small amounts of contaminants. The presence of contaminants does not positively indicate the water poses a health danger. More news about contaminants and possible health effects can be achieved by calling the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA’s) Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791.
The drinking water sources (tap and bottled water) include rivers, lakes, streams, ponds, reservoirs, springs, and wells. As water moves over the surface of the land or into the ground, it usually dissolves. It can take on minerals and, in some cases, radioactive material and substances resulting from the presence of animals or from human activity.
Mount Pleasant Water Source
The city’s primary water source is groundwater under the direct influence of surface water, drawn from six groundwater wells and a Ranney horizontal collector well. You can find the groundwater wells at the south and southwest of Mount Pleasant and range from 120′ to 465′ deep. The Ranney Collector is located southwest of Mt. Pleasant, adjacent to the Chippewa River. Water is drawn from the wells, and the collector to the Water Treatment Plant, where it is softened, filtered, disinfected, and transferred to the distribution system.
The City’s water source was evaluated by the State in 2003 to discover the susceptibility or the relative potential of contamination. The rating of its sensitivity is on a six-tier scale from “very low” to “very high,” based on geologic sensitivity, water chemistry, and contamination sources. The groundwater wells’ susceptibility varies from very low to moderate. Ranney Collector’s vulnerability to possible contamination is high. While there are no identifiable sources of contamination present, an effort has been made to protect our source water by implementing and updating a wellhead protection program.