Charlotte Wellhead Protection
Protect our drinking water
High quality drinking water is an issue that we, the water users of the City of Charlotte Area, take for granted. In order to preserve the water quality in the future, the City, in conjunction with Eaton Township, has undertaken a program to identify and protect the source of our drinking water.
Groundwater is pumped from 3 wells located within City limits to provide the drinking water distributed through the City's distribution system. An underground sand and gravel formation called an aquifer holds the water like a very large sponge. Water enters the aquifer by moving downward through the overlying soil.
Through a program administered by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, called the Wellhead Protection Plan Program, the city identified the location where water enters the aquifer. This area, consisting of portions of the City of Charlotte and Eaton Township, primarily follows the Battle Creek River upstream from Cochran Street.
Contamination is much easier to prevent than it is to correct after it occures.
Because the wells are in the same general location, it is important that the aquifer not become contaminated or polluted. Contamination can occur in many forms so it is important that every citizen be alert to potential problem causing agents. Once contamination occurs the water can become unfit to drink.
Your Participation is Essential
The Wellhead Protection Plan has identified twenty potential contamination sources within the Welhead Protection Area. The cooperation of every business and residential landowner in the WHPA is essential to preserve the existing quality of the water. Potential problems range from large scale fuel spills to individual residents dumping petroleum products on the ground.
Charlotte Wellhead Protection Team
For any questions, please call the City Department of Public Works Office at 543-8858