‘Water infrastructure 101’ at township library

By David Fleet
From 6:30 -8 p.m., June 21, the Brandon Township Public Library, 304 South St., will host “Water Infrastructure 101,” with Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner Jim Nash.
“For areas in Brandon Township and northern Oakland County well water is the source for drinking water,” said Nash. “In these area that have wells, you want to be cautious how you apply fertilizer that can seep into lakes and streams like the Kearsley Creek. Then oil on roads, brake pad dust, goose and dog poop it all goes into the water. That creates nutrients and bacteria that eventually runs into the water and makes algae grow.”
Nash said that with well water there can be issues with arsenic in the water, which he described as a “very transitory thing.” He suggested that well water is tested about every two years.
“Many areas have septic systems,” he said. “While the health department is responsible for septic systems, typically wells are protected from contamination due to the amount of earth that separates the two. However, keep in mind there is no oversight for wells nor does Michigan have any statewide septic laws.”
Nash will discuss aging infrastructure, Oakland county Water Resources Commissioner Projects, home infrastructure, tips to protect your systems, water quality sewer and storm water. Details (248) 627-1460.