Wyoming City Manager's Blog - Water | Environment
With the recent heat and dryness, I thought this would be a good opportunity to highlight our Water Department. The City of Wyoming utilizes water pumped from Lake Michigan to serve the residents of Wyoming. On average, we pump around 40 million gallons a day from Lake Michigan, however, as the summer heats up and dry weather sets in we have found ourselves in the last few weeks pumping on average roughly 80 million gallons a day. This is approximately a 100% increase per day. Where does most of this water go? It goes on lawns as people start sprinkling in earnest to keep their lawns nice. This is the first time in several years we have experienced this type of usage as we anticipate pumping nearly 1.5 BILLION gallons of water in June.
The City of Wyoming’s water plant is located just a short way north of Tunnel Park, which is north of Holland on Lake Michigan. Recently our water plant was updated and expanded to allow for treating a daily peak capacity of 120 million gallons of water a day. The City of Wyoming water operation represents a unique endeavor in water service that utilizes several municipal partnerships in supplying water service.
Our City Leaders back in the 60’s had tremendous forethought and worked with our neighbors to develop a water plant at Lake Michigan that would serve parties between Wyoming and the lakeshore along with municipalities adjoining the City of Wyoming. Today, Wyoming owns the water plant and Ottawa County enjoys a 43% ownership stake in the plant to serve communities like Georgetown Township, Hudsonville, Park Township and others. Wyoming also serves the communities of Grandville, Byron Township and Gaines Township directly. As a result of this partnership Wyoming water customers enjoy some of the lowest water rates in Michigan.
This also points to the type of cooperative and collaborative partnerships involving the City of Wyoming and the surrounding areas. The way state politicians talk today; they would have you believe the city ceaders throughout the state have not been collaborative or cooperative with their neighbors because they are power hungry. That could not be farther from the truth. Arrangements like our water system have been going on for years. These arrangements make sense, save the City of Wyoming money and in effect save money for our citizens also. Today we continue to expand on these relationships as we currently are working on a water system interconnect with the City of Holland where we can add needed redundancy to the system and emergency backup.
We are proud of our water system and the service it delivers to our residents. Moreover, based upon the last several months of pumpage, we look forward to a busy summer of water production.