Township Water Department
Cross Connection (Backflow Prevention)
In accordance to the requirements set forth by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), the Township of Charlevoix has officially adopted the state of Michigan cross connection rules to protect the public water supply system. A cross connection is defined as a connection or arrangement of piping or appurtenances through which a backflow could occur. Backflow is defined as the undesirable reversal of flow of water of questionable quality, wastes or other contaminants into a public water supply. The purpose of this program is to avoid contamination of the public water supply by preventing and eliminating cross connections. It is the Township of Charlevoix’s intent to carry out a comprehensive and effective cross connection control program (CCCP) to ensure public health is protected and the requirements of the Michigan Safe Drinking Water Act are complied with.
2013 Water Rate Increase
New rates are as follows:
Base rate $10 (The rate of $7 for first 2,000 gallons used has been eliminated.)
Usage: $1.50 per 1,000 gallons for 0 thru 50,000 gallons
Usage: $3 per 1,000 gallons for more than 50,000 gallons
Non-township residents will be charged one and one half times township rates.
Reasons for the rate increase:
Two new wells and a pump house on the north side have been completed at a cost in excess of $500,000 and depleted the water department funds.
The township also needs to begin replacing its water meters.
Current meters in some cases are 40 years old and repair parts are not available. New meters are more accurate and transmit a radio signal and can be read with a receiver. The cost of a new meter is $300 each and the meters will be phased in over time.
Infrastructure repair concerns – In some areas of the township, the water lines are 40 years old with lines that are tested to last 50 years.
That does not mean all lines 50 years old will have to be replaced, however, funds are needed for anticipated repairs and replacement.
Better water quality and water supply for many years.
Updated electrical and control panels which reduce operational cost.