The water department has two separate operating funds managed by the Water Superintendent; Water Plant Production and Water Distribution System.
Water Plant Production
Water production operators at the plant are responsible for keeping daily records of plant operations, monthly inventory of chemicals, maintaining proper chemical feed rates, water quality testing, and building equipment, pump, generator and lawn maintenance. The water production operation consists of 1 full time operator and two distribution employees cross-trained to work in both areas.
The Water Distribution Department is responsible for maintenance of the distribution system infrastructure which includes approximately 55 miles of water main, approximately 2,800 water services, 488 fire hydrants, numerous valves and two elevated water storage tanks. Other responsibilities include installation of water mains, services, valves, fire hydrants, and water meters, meter testing, water sampling, and responding to customer complaints.
The water distribution operation consists of 3 full time employees. It is the goal of the water department to remain in compliance with regulations set forth by The State of Michigan's Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE). It is our mission to deliver the highest quality water possible, adequate fire protection, and reliable and safe water service to the citizens of Marshall. To accomplish our goal it is necessary to continue to make improvements to and maintain the water treatment plant, wells, pumps, pump houses, equipment and the water distribution system. We must also strive to maintain the integrity of the water system through increased security and continue to work toward reducing the cost of providing service to the citizens of Marshall by operating in the most efficient way possible.
Water Quality Reports
Annually the department completes water quality reports, also known as Consumer Confidence Reports, that summarize the water produced at the Water Treatment Plant for that year. The reports provide information on quality of water, any violations of the department, and general operational information.