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In September, Isabella County Commissioners approved a resolution in favor of ensuring that a home’s septic system is inspected before it is sold.

Why are people pushing for these new inspections?

Because Michigan’s rivers, lakes and streams ‒ including the Chippewa River in Isabella County ‒ are facing alarming levels of contamination from human fecal bacteria and viruses, some that are dangerous.

In fact, the State of Michigan estimates that roughly half of its rivers and streams exceed the safety standard for concentrations of E. coli bacteria.

Waste in the water ‒ why Michigan needs a state septic code

Roughly half of Michigan’s rivers and streams exceed safety standards for E. coli bacteria, yet we are the only state without a uniform septic code.


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