Fire Hydrant Flushing

In an effort to ensure safe drinking water and increase operational efficiencies in maintaining the water system, the Village will flush fire hydrants the week of May 13th. Washing clothes is discouraged during this flushing. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Public Hearing Lawrence Medical Marihuana ordinance

 

The Village of Lawrence

Planning Commission

 

Public Notice

 

Please take notice; the Village Planning Commission shall convene on April 22nd, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. at the Van Buren County Intermediate School District Conference Center, 490 S. Paw Paw Street, Lawrence, Michigan, for purposes of affording citizens the opportunity to examine and submit comments on the proposed Medical Marihuana Ordinance.

 

Further information, including a copy of the proposed Village of Lawrence Medical Marihuana ordinance is available for review. To inspect the documents, please contact Village Clerk Lucinda Nower at the Village Hall or call (269) 674-8161 or review at the Lawrence Village Hall, 157 N. Paw Paw, Lawrence Michigan 49064. If you are unable to attend comments may be submitted in writing to Village of Lawrence, P.O. Box 217, Lawrence, Michigan 49064 through April 19th, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. or made in person at the public hearing.

 

 

Village of Lawrence

Posted on April 11, 2019

Public Advisory

Every three years, the Village conducts testing of the tap water in the homes for lead and copper. Per the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), samples are collected from homes that are likely to have lead-containing solder or older copper plumbing. The Village does not have any known lead pipes in the system or any homes known to have lead service lines.

This July, we collected samples from 10 homes. The Action Level for lead, 15 parts per billion (ppb), is not a health-based standard but a level that triggers additional investigative sampling of water quality and requires educational outreach to customers. The MDEQ assesses compliance with the Action Level based on the 90th percentile of all lead and copper results collected in each round of sampling. The lead 90th percentile for the Village’s water supply is 24 ppb, which exceeds the Action level of 15 ppb. Test results showed two samples were over the Action Level for lead.

Even though only two locations of the 10 locations sampled were over 15 ppb, the Village water system would like to share some ways you can reduce your potential exposure to lead in your water or in the environment since lead can cause serious health problems if too much enters your body from drinking water and other sources. The most important things you can do is let the water run for 30 seconds to 2 minutes, per the EPA recommendations, or until it becomes cold.  Use cold water tap for drinking, cooking, or preparing baby formula. Boiling your water will not reduce the amount of lead in water.

Over the next year, the Village will conduct additional monitoring of the water system and, working with MDEQ, will determine if corrosion control measures are necessary to reduce corrosion in household plumbing. At this time, we believe subsequent rounds of sampling will show the water system results to be below the Action Level. Additional information regarding the lead in water can be found on the Village’s website: www.lawrencemi.org or at the MDEQ web page at www.michigan.gov/deqleadpublicadvisory.

If you are a Village of Lawrence water customer and would like your drinking water tested for lead, contact Dan Faulkner at the Village Hall (269-674-8161) or via e-mail at manager@lawrencemi.org.

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