Township Water Department


Daniel A. Riley

Water Department Supervisor

Office: 231-497-8369

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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.

Cross Connection Program

Backflow Test Report

Backflow Device Brochure

Water Rates

2013 Water Rate Increase

New rates are as follows:

Base rate $13 (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.

Water Connection Fees

Effective December 2018
Service Size Tap-in Fees
1 inch $1,800
1 1/2 inch $2,500
2 inch $3,500
4 inch $4,500
6 inch $6,500
Winter Connection Surcharge Fee + $1,000
Residential Irrigation Meter $350
Turn off/on Service Fees
During office hours (M-F 7:30 – 3:30) $35
After Hours $135
Emergency service during office hours No Charge

The above fees are for a single residential equivalent unit (REU) application only. Commercial (multiple REU) applications, or larger and/or multi-family residential applications will require separate computation.

Tap-In Fees

Include tapping of water main by Township, materials and components for connection point at the main. Applicant is responsible for all material / components from main connection point to building, all excavation / trenching, and restoration, including street & sidewalk. *Township will provide 1″ service from point at main to a curb stop set at the applicant’s right-of-way line for single-family residential service requests only.

Irrigation Meters

An irrigation meter is considered a private meter and all cost associated with its installation, maintenance and replacement are the responsibility of the applicant. The cost of a standard residential irrigation meter is $350. Irrigation meters can only be purchased through Charlevoix Township and must be compatibly with the meter reading system currently used.

Turn on/off Service Fee

Any request for emergency on / off service during working hours will have no charge.

Winter Connection Surcharge Fee

Any request for new service from November 1st through April 1st may incur an added surcharge for winter excavation conditions.

Note About Meter Size

Meter size is not the same as service size. Meters are generally one size smaller than the service pipe without adversely affecting flow. A water meter that is sized down will still have a flow rate that is beyond that of the recommended pipe velocity for the service pipe. The standard meter for 1″ service is a 3/4″ meter (flow rate of 25 to 32 GPM). Max velocity of 1″ copper service is 10 feet/second or 25 GPM.

Water Bill Information

A onetime $350 fee was charged to the Township residents who had Irrigation/Sewer deduct meters installed  from October 2018  – July 2019.

We will be accepting installment payments on these meters.  The terms are $100/mo. x 3 months + $50/mo. x 1 month. 


The abbreviations on the Water Bills are as follows:  

PB:   Past Balance

MF:  Meter Fee

MR:  Manual Read Fee

WA:  Water Service

W2:  Water Service 2:  Irrigation/Sewer Deduct Meter


Water shut off/on fee

There is a $35 charge for all requests made between the hours of 7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

$135 for after hours


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The April 21st meeting of the Planning Commission has been canceled.