New DEQ Process for Expedited Reviews of Drinking Water Construction Permits


The Department of Environmental Quality has implemented a new expedited application review process for drinking water construction that will be piloted for eligible projects located in the counties of Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair, and Wayne. Under this new process, the DEQ is providing, for a fee, an expedited application review process for construction permits that will initially be completed within 20 business days of receipt of a complete application. In subsequent years, this will be reduced to 15 business days and finally to 10 business days. The DEQ began accepting applications under the expedited review process on August 29, 2007.

Eligible projects are limited to water main projects less than or equal to 10,000 feet. A water main specifically refers to a pipe owned or controlled by a supplier that may convey water to a customer service connection or to a fire hydrant. For more information regarding project eligibility and the expedited application submittal process, please visit the DEQ's Web site at: http://www.michigan.gov/deq/0,1607,7-135-3313_3675_3691-174946--,00.html

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