Dumpster Days in CH – June 20 & 21

The spring clean-up dates for Copper Harbor are June 20th & 21st

The dumpsters will be open from 8 am to 4 pm both days.

No articles can be left if an attendant is not present.

No yard waste, oil, paint, tires, building materials, scrap metal or chemicals.

Individuals are limited to (1) mattress and (1) box spring.

Thank you for doing your part in making Grant Township beautiful!

MDHHS Copper Action Level Exceedence Recommendations for Infants– Copper Harbor, MI

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MDHHS Copper Action Level Exceedence Recommendations for Infants
– Copper Harbor, MI

The Copper Harbor Water Supply has an Action Level Exceedance for copper. The source water does not contain elevated copper; however higher levels of dissolved oxygen in the water is leading to corrosion of copper from plumbing fixtures inside residential homes.

Copper is found naturally in the environment. Humans need a small amount of copper in their diet but too much copper, especially for infants, can be harmful. Drinking water with high amounts of copper can cause upset stomach, vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach cramps.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) recommends homes with a formula fed infant less than 12 months of age who families are on the Copper Harbor Water Supply, use cold-flushed water for making formula and drinking water for infants.  Powdered infant formula already has the needed amount of copper. Higher levels of copper from drinking water may cause upset stomach or other health issues.

Flushing cold water should continue until the water supply indicates copper is no longer a concern. Do not use hot water for drinking or cooking food for an infant less than 12 months of age. A resident with an infant may choose to use a water filter to reduce copper or bottled water for formula fed infants. A filter can be requested from the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department through the child’s physician. Filters used to reduce the level of copper in drinking water should be certified NSF/ANSI Standard 53 for copper reduction.

Adults with disorders of copper metabolism (such as Wilson’s disease) should continue to avoid potential sources of copper, such as drinking water that contains copper, according to their clinician’s recommendation.  Residents are also recommended to clean the faucet aerators (screens at end of faucet) to remove any particles. For more information, you can contact MDHHS at 844-934-1315 or EGLE at 800-662-9278.

Elevated Copper Level Update – Copper Harbor Water Department

Copper Harbor Water Department has been conducting sampling per the State of Michigan’s Lead and Copper Rule (LCR). Ten locations within the distribution system have been selected based on the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy’s tier system for site selection. We have been and will   continue to sample these locations to collect data.

Previous water sampling results demonstrated our source water does NOT contain elevated copper levels, but does contain higher levels of dissolved oxygen. The elevated dissolved oxygen contributes to the corrosion of home interior plumbing and fixtures, resulting in the observed copper level results.

Copper Harbor’s distribution system samples have consistently tested above the action level of 1300 parts per billion (µg/L), with an average result of 1900 parts per billion (µg/L). The data collected during our studies has prompted the State of Michigan to mandate a corrosion control program. The State of Michigan’s recommended course of action is to treat our raw water with an Ortho-Polyphosphate blend. The Orthophosphate would be used as a corrosion inhibitor while the Polyphosphate would be used as a sequestering agent.

To help with this project, we have retained the services of OHM Engineering. They are currently working with the State of Michigan to submit and process a “construction permit” to implement corrosion control. Attached are copies of informational material pertaining to elevated copper levels in drinking water suggested by the Department of Health and Human Services. If you have any questions you can use any of the resources listed in the distributed material or by contacting the Copper Harbor Water Department for information or water testing at 906-289-4511.

Copper in Drinking Water – Fact Sheet  Download

Copper Above the Action Level in your Public Water Supply  Download

Cleaning Your Aerators  Download

LLB Dumpster Days are July 20 & 21

The spring clean-up dates for Lac La Belle are July 20th and 21st.

The dumpsters will be open from 8 am to 4 pm both days.

No articles can be left if an attendant is not present.

No yard waste, oil, paint, tires, building materials or chemicals

Scrap metal and white goods will be accepted.

Individuals are limited to (1) mattress and (1) box spring.

Thank you for doing your part in making Grant Township beautiful!

CH Dumpster Days are June 15 & 16

The spring clean-up dates for Copper Harbor are June 15th & 16th.

The dumpsters will be open from 8 am to 4 pm both days.

No articles can be left if an attendant is not present.

No yard waste, oil, paint, tires, building materials or chemicals

Scrap metal and white goods will be accepted.

Individuals are limited to (1) mattress and (1) box spring.

Thank you for doing your part in making Grant Township beautiful!

Winter Recycling

WINTER RECYCLING HOURS

Effective October 29th, recycling will be on Tuesdays from 12-2.

All cardboard will be recycled in the recycling dumpster during the winter months.

Summer Clean-Up in LLB 7/21 & 22

The spring clean-up dates for Copper Harbor are July 21st & 22nd.

The dumpsters will be open from 8 am to 4 pm both days.

No articles can be left if an attendant is not present.

No yard waste, oil, paint, tires, building materials or chemicals

Scrap metal and white goods will be accepted.

Individuals are limited to (1) mattress and (1) box spring.

Thank you for doing your part in making Grant Township beautiful!

Spring Clean-Up 6/16 & 6/17

The spring clean-up dates for Copper Harbor are June 16th & 17th.

The dumpsters will be open from 8 am to 4 pm both days.

No articles can be left if an attendant is not present.

No yard waste, oil, paint, tires, building materials or chemicals

Scrap metal and white goods will be accepted.

Individuals are limited to (1) mattress and (1) box spring.

Thank you for doing your part in making Grant Township beautiful!

Keweenaw EDC looking for members

Keweenaw County’s Economic Development Committee is seeking active volunteers to serve on the EDC and its sub-committees. More information about the EDC is available on the county’s website, http://keweenawcountyonline.org/ Interested parties are encouraged to submit an interest form (attached) no later than May 15, 2018. Here is the link to the online version of the form: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KewCoEDC

Please share this information with your township. If you have a posting location, please post it. And feel free to forward this message as you see fit. Thank you in advance for your help.

Tess Ahlborn

Keweenaw County EDC Member

WWTF Lagoon Failure

Notification Regarding the Copper Harbor
Waste Water Treatment Facility

During the weekend of March 3rd there was a failure in the primary
lagoon which resulted in a decrease of the level. On Monday the 5th the
DEQ and the engineering firm, OHM, were contacted. The WUP Health
Department has also been notified.

The DEQ has been extremely helpful and is investigating the situation.
However, the primary lagoon is covered by an enormous amount of
snow and ice. This is making it impossible to get inside to see exactly
what the problem is at present.

At this time, all influent is being directed into the secondary lagoon.
Developments will be posted on the website when they arise.

July Board of Review

The July BOR is all about errors and omissions
Place: Grant Township Hall – Copper Harbor
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.