Water & Wastewater
The Water Division is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the city's water production and treatment facility at the Verona Well Field, as well as the city's water storage and pumping facilities and 368 miles of water main located throughout the Battle Creek area. We ensure that the community's drinking water is safe and meets all federal and state drinking water standards.
Water from the Verona Pumping Station was sampled July 25, 2018, then tested for PFAS in the city water system. This is part of a Michigan Department of Environmental Quality statewide initiative to test drinking water from community water supplies, and schools that use well water.
PFAS are a group of manmade chemicals called per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances. They are found in firefighting foam, stain repellents, nonstick cookware, waterproof clothing, food wrappers, and other household products. They do not break down in the environment.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has set a lifetime health advisory level of 70 parts per trillion of two PFAS compounds. All tests for PFAS compounds in city water returned non-detect, meaning they were not found in city water at any level.
-Letter from MDEQ to City of Battle Creek (Sept. 6, 2018)
We flush the city's fire hydrants every year, typically between Memorial Day and the Fourth of July. Our crews flush hydrants during overnight hours to minimize the inconvenience and allow the water to stabilize before daily use. Regular flushing allows for the highest water quality and for our staff to verify that the water system is operating properly. This also ensures the hydrants are ready when the Fire Department needs them. The 2015 program ended June 23; 2016 information will be posted as it becomes available.
Water System Information
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Boil Water Advisory
Explanation of Boil Water Advisory (PDF), written by Utility Administrator Perry Hart.
For information about Battle Creek water quality, view at list of the Annual Water Quality Reports.
The Wastewater Division is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the city's Wastewater Treatment Plant, as well as the 124 sanitary sewer lift stations and 414 miles of sanitary sewer mains located throughout the Battle Creek area. We ensure that the community's wastewater is cleaned and treated to meet all federal and state standards before it is discharged into the Kalamazoo River.