Water System Advisory Council

Department in Charge of this Board

Grand Rapids Water System

Mission Statement

To embrace cultural diversity, inclusivity, and equity among all customers of the Grand Rapids Water System through education and engagement by developing public awareness tools that promote transparency and advocates for public health.

Vision Statement

A strategic partnership that advises and consults with the Grand Rapids Water System and its community partners to raise public awareness about water quality issues in the community with the goal of eliminating lead service lines, lead in drinking water, and protecting public health. 

The Water Advisory Council meets the second Wednesday of every other month at 8:00 am at the Water Administration Building. 

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Wayne Jernberg P.E., Council Chairperson

Water System Manager 
City of Grand Rapids Water System
Term Ends 1/1/2025

Paul Haan, Council Co-chair

Lead Free Task Force
Term Ends 1/1/2025

Doug La Fave

Assistant City Manager
City of East Grand Rapids
Term Ends 1/1/2025


Lake Michigan Filtration Plant Superintendent
City of Grand Rapids Water System
Term Ends 1/1/2025

Julius Suchy

Township Manager
Ada Township
Term Ends 1/1/2025

Sara Simmonds MPA, REHS

Environmental Health Division Director
Kent County Health Department
Term Ends 1/1/2025

Fran Dalton

Neighborhood Organizer
Garfield Park Neighborhood Association 
Term Ends 1/1/2025

Kim Baron

Director of School Health Services
Grand Rapids Public School
Term Ends 1/1/2025

James Hurt

Managing Director of Public Services
City of Grand Rapids
Term Ends 1/1/2025

Residency Requirement

There's no residency requirement to be a member of this board.

Term Limits

Council members shall serve a 3 year term with no term limits.

Other Requirements

To be eligible for appointment to the council, an individual shall have an interest in or knowledge about lead in drinking water and its effects.