How to set water rates

The Alliance For Water Efficiency provides many tools for small communities to set fair and fiscally sound water rates as well as include sensible water conservation measures. Rates and Water Conservation: What You Need to Know This webinar showcases the recent Alliance for Water Efficiency and California Water Efficiency Partnership report that evaluated the impact… Read More


Village of Bear Lake: New Water Ordinance approved.

At the September 19, 2018 Village Council meeting the Council approved a revised Water Ordinance September 2018 passed with corrections (Click on link to download the PDF) Bear Lake News notes that the revision was discussed at several prior meetings, a copy of those drafts was requested and not provided. A copy of this document was… Read More

EFCN Webinar on Working Together to Protect Your Drinking Water Source

SEPTEMBER 13, 2018 BY DEIRDRE MASON On Thursday, October 25, 2018, from 2:00 – 3:00 pm (eastern), the Environmental Finance Center Network (EFCN) will host a webinar entitled, “Working Together to Protect Your Drinking Water Source.” The webinar is part of the Smart Management for Small Water Systems program that includes a variety of partners.… Read More


Village of Bear Lake: August 2018 DRAFT Minutes

[NOTE: The Village does not publish it’s draft minutes until 5 days following the next month’s meeting. They are provided here a a service of Bear Lake News through a 6 month FOIA subscription. Under the MI Open Meetings Act, Approved Minutes MUST be available within 5 days following approval. Draft Minutes are due 8… Read More

Evaluating lead/copper issues during water system construction

BearLakeNews suggests all Village residents receive hand delivered notification of the need to continue monitoring and line flushing during construction work. The number of lead (i.e Pb the metal – not ‘lead’ pronounced ‘lead’) service lines and/or connective brass fittings and fixtures is unknown within the Village water system and older village properties. Confusion arises… Read More

Village of Bear Lake: Water System Updates

A number of subscribers have asked who to contact to complain about the following: behavior of meter installers speeding construction vehicles lack of signage or safety barriers lack of information of which streets are closed or restricted. The Village has declined to provide this information on its own web site. To contact Fleis Vandenbrink, Ken… Read More

Village of Bear Lake – Water System updates

A number of subscribers have been asking where to find up to date information on the daily work schedules for the Village of Bear Lake water system construction progress. The Village web site has minimal information. http://www.bearlakemichigan.org/ ATTENTION BEAR LAKE VILLAGE RESIDENTS… STREET WORK FOR THE WATER WELL PROJECT IS BEGINNING! On Friday, June 8, asphalt grinding… Read More