The City has a Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) approved Wellhead Protection Program (WHPP). The American Water Works Association (AWWA) awarded Kalamazoo’s water system the 2014 Exemplary Source Water Protection Award for large groundwater systems in North America. The City has also been designated a Groundwater Guardian Community by the Groundwater Foundation, a national groundwater protection organization, every year since 1998. The City of Kalamazoo Wellhead Protection website wwwprotectyourwater.net has specific information about the City of Kalamazoo Water System, related ordinances, great links to other websites, and information about stormwater and other surface water issues.
he Michigan Department of Environmental Quality performed Source Water Assessments to assess the susceptibility of all public water supply sources to contamination. The susceptibility rating is on a six-tiered scale from “very low” to “high” based primarily on geologic sensitivity, water chemistry, well construction and contaminant sources. The susceptibility rating of the city’s (then) 19 wellfields was: Moderate (2 wellfields), Moderate High (12 wellfields) and High (5 wellfields). For more information regarding these ratings or the WHPP, please contact the Water Resource Division Manager at 337-8737 or visit www.protectyourwater.net.
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