Where does Plainfield water come from?
Plainfield Township Water Department gets its excellent quality raw water from sixteen wells located in three separate well fields. These wells vary in size, and can pump from 600 gallons of water per minute to 1450 gallons of water per minute, for a total raw water supply capacity of approximately 24 million gallons a day.This raw water supply is pumped to and treated by our 16 million gallon per day capacity water plant to meet every federal and state requirement for safe drinking water. In 2011 we supplied 1.26 billion gallons of safe, clean drinking water to our customers. Our minimum daily pumpage was 1.68 million gallons of water. Our maximum daily pumpage was 7.76 million gallons of water. Our average daily pumpage was 3.45 million gallons per day.
The water treatment plant is a full treatment, lime softening facility. In the water distribution system there are over 200 miles of water main, over 9,000 water meters and over 2,000 valves and 2,000 hydrants. There are 14 water tanks ranging in capacity from 200,000 gallons to 4 million gallons of water. These tanks provide pressure and stored water for fire protection. Five pump stations move water to our tanks and four pressure districts. We provide water to over 40,000 residents located in Plainfield Township, Alpine Township, and portions of Grand Rapids Township, Algoma Township as well as a small part of the City of Walker.