I have a private well. Do I have to connect to the Township water supply?

The Grand Blanc Township public water supply serves more than 18,000 residents in our community. These residents are delivered high-quality drinking water from the Grand Blanc Township water distribution system which ultimately comes from the Genesee County Drain Commission water treatment plant and Karegnondi Water Authority intake.

Many areas of the Township are not served by Township water and must drill water wells to draw water from. This is done by private good drilling companies and is permitted by the Genesee County Health Department. The Township Department of Public Works (DPW) cannot service your well and does not have a list of recommended well drillers.

In some cases, there are areas where residents have a well and municipal water is available. In this case, these homes are able to keep their well as a water source even if it experiences a major failure. It is not mandatory for a home to connect to our water supply if they are on an existing well. Newly built homes that have public water available to them must connect to the public water supply and may not drill a well.

Once Connected, Cannot Disconnect From Public Water

Once a home is connected to our water; it may not disconnect to drill a new well. We build our water system based on capacity and demand. If we lose customers and we no longer have the demand but still have the capacity, the water quality and efficiency of our system could drastically change.

If a home is connected to the public water supply and is disconnecting from a well, the well must be abandoned by a licensed well driller (please see Grand Blanc Township construction specifications for more details). In some instances, a private well that is no longer being used for domestic purposes (drinking, bathing, and washing) can be used for irrigation. This is upon approval of the Director of Public Works or his/her designee. The well will have to be removed from the home completely and 100% contained outside of the home. This will require an initial and annual inspection by a Township Official.

Township water customers may install an irrigation well for watering lawns and flowerbeds. However, it must not enter the home at any point and be 100% contained outside of the home. This will require an initial and annual inspection by a Township Official.

Beginning January 1, 2016, any residential or commercial property which has 3 water/sewer units or more (A typical house is 1 unit) will not be allowed to drill a new well if they experience a catastrophic failure. These customers must connect to the public water supply if the Director of Public Works or his/her designee determines that it is available. This is to promote public health and a constant and reliable source of water to our businesses and multiple-unit residential communities and their customers.

Contact Information

Please contact the Township DPW for more information at 810-424-2460, email Tammy Lajewski or email Jeffrey Sears.

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