Michigan: No Uniform Sanitary Code

Nikhil Parvathala's picture

Today, during the Town Hall meeting, the student caucus heard Brian Steglitz, Manager of Water Treatment Services for the City of Ann Arbor, speak about Michigan's infrastructure development over the course of the 21st century.

For an overview of what was discussed, refer to the link below:


Connecting today's presentation on Michigan's various areas of infrastructure to the Chapter 7 reading on water recommendations in Michigan, one specific issue that I'd like to concentrate on is Michigan's quality assurance measures of its water supply. I learned that Michigan is the only state in the country without a uniform sanitary code. There is concern within Michigan communities about there not being a well-designed septic system and also concerns about potential health hazards as a result of this.

What actions or measures would you recommend the city of Ann Arbor as well as the greater state of Michigan to take to maintain an effective septic system for treating household waste water?

Here is the Chapter 7 Water Recommendations Reading for a better understanding of the topic: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6-ibA7Lfnm9Z0xzNXFpb201d1E/view

The following article addresses the concern about Michigan not having a state-wide septic code: http://www.bridgemi.com/guest-commentary/waste-water-why-michigan-needs-state-septic-code

Some suggestions I have are to evaluate how Michigan can incorporate a culture of asset management to handle the concerns on the septic system. How can implementations be made with sustainable pricing efforts and with consideration of environmental health?

Please share your thoughts and ideas below.