The Water Treatment Plant has a permitted capacity of 20 Million Gallons per Day (20 MGD). It provides high-quality drinking water to the residents and businesses of Traverse City and portions of Garfield, Elmwood, and Peninsula Townships. Daily demand ranges from under 3 MGD in the winter months to nearly 14 MGD during prolonged dry spells during the summer months.
For the year ending December 31, 2020:
The daily average pumpage was 4.99 MGD;
The minimum day (12/25/18) was 1.76 MGD;
The maximum day (7/21/18) was 13.08 MG;
The total pumpage for the year was 1,824 MG
Our Water Source
The City’s drinking water source is Lake Michigan. The intake is a steel and wood crib about 15 feet in diameter lying about forty (40) feet below the water surface. The Low Service Pump Station pushes raw water to the water filtration plant where it is treated to drinking water standards.