Water Treatment Plant


The City of Charlevoix operates a Direct Filtration Water Treatment Facility which uses water from Lake Michigan. The Water Plant has a capacity of 3 million gallons per day, the water enters the plant through a submerged intake structure and 24-inch pipe. Storage includes a one million gallon above ground reservoir at the plant, and a 300,000-gallon elevated water tower on Charlevoix’s north side. 

 The city serves approximately 5,000 customers and areas of adjoining Charlevoix Township, as well as the influx of summer visitors to the area. Present flow rates vary from 400,000 gallons per day to as much as 2.5 million gallons per day in the summer.  

Plant Information

The Water Treatment Plant was built in 1985 and went online in 1987. The facility is staffed by state licensed operators. The water plant consists of many subsystems for ensuring water quality and informing operators of plant efficiency.

The City of Charlevoix continues to make Water Plant improvements. In 2017 a 450 KW generator was installed to ensure operations in the event of a power outage and to ensure fire suppression. In 2018 -2019 the Water Plant replaced all valves related to the filtration process as Phase One of Filter Rehabilitation. In 2019-2020 Phase Two of Filter Rehabilitation project was completed. All four filter cells were rebuilt with updated underdrain systems, recoated and new media added to ensure water quality for the future. 

Average Water Hardness

A frequently ask question is how hard is my water? The average hardness is 140mg/l or 9.8 grains per gallon.

Plant Tour Information

Tours are part of our community outreach effort and environmental education program to teach conservation and keep our customers informed.

Call the Water Filtration Plant at (231) 547-3256 for additional information.

Water Quality Report

To view the 2022 Water Quality Report, please Click here. 

2019/2020 Monthly Per-and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Results

To view the May 2 PFAS results, click here.

To view the May 31 PFAS results, click here.

To view the July 3 PFAS results, click here.

To view the July 25 PFAS results, click here.

To view the September 6 PFAS results, click here.

To view the October 6 PFAS results, click here.

More Information call the Water Filtration Plant at 231-547-3256 for additional information.