Frequently Asked Questions - Plainfield Township Water Quality
Is my tap water safe?
Plainfield Township Water Department is committed to providing superior quality water that meets or exceeds the high safety standards of the Safe Drinking Water Act. The Act sets forth a rigorous scientific process to set standards for drinking water quality. Our skilled water professionals work tirelessly to fulfill the standards and protect public health and safety.
Does Plainfield Township also provide testing services?
Your water is tested and checked constantly by Plainfield Township Water Department. We want the people we serve to know as much as possible about their water quality. This information is available on the Township Web site in the form of a yearly Water Quality Report. The more informed you are about tap water quality, the more confidence you will have in it.
What is the process for testing my water?
The customer can call the Water Treatment Plant at 616-364-7174 or Water Distribution at 616-363-9660. An appointment can be made for Water Department staff to visit your residence. In most cases, an appointment may not be necessary and an explanation over the phone with one of our trained staff will suffice. In cases where our testing is sent to another laboratory, you will be informed of those results.
How can I find out more about my water quality?
Contact us at (616) 364-7174, (616) 363-9660 or click here to see our latest report on water quality.
Where does Plainfield water come from?
Plainfield Township Water Department gets its excellent quality raw water from sixteen wells located in three separate well fields. These wells vary in size, and can pump from 600 gallons of water per minute to 1450 gallons of water per minute, for a total raw water supply capacity of approximately 24 million gallons a day!
This raw water supply is pumped to and treated by our 16 million gallon per day capacity water plant to meet every federal and state requirement for safe drinking water. In 2011, we supplied 1.26 billion gallons of safe, clean drinking water to our customers. Our minimum daily pumpage was 1.68 million gallons of water. Our average daily pumpage was 3.45 million gallons per day.
The Water Treatment Plant is a full treatment, lime softening facility. In the water distribution system, there are over 200 miles of water main, over 9,000 water meters, and over 2,000 valves and 2,000 hydrants. There are 14 water tanks ranging in capacity from 200,000 gallons to 4 million gallons of water. These tanks provide pressure and stored water for fire protection. Five pump stations move water to our tanks and four pressure districts. We provide water to over 40,000 residents located in Plainfield Township, Alpine Township, portions of Grand Rapids Township, Algoma Township, as well as a small part of the city of Walker.
An Award-Winning Water Department
The Plainfield Charter Township Water Department has proudly received the following awards:
- 2010 Michigan Rural Water Association: Operator of the Year Award - Don Petrovich
- 2010 Michigan Rural Water Association: Water Utility of the Year Award
- 2009 Michigan Section, AWWA: Consumer Confidence Report Award of Excellence
- 2009 Michigan Section, AWWA: Exemplary Wellhead Protection Award
- 2004, 2002, 2000, 1996, 1991 Regional, AWWA: Best Tasting Water
- 1994 Michigan Section, AWWA: Tapping Contest Winner
- 1991 Michigan Section, State, AWWA: Best Tasting Water