Water & Sewer Departments

Water Department

Powell Township is proud of its water. Even before scares downstate, the water has been tested regularly and found to be in the top percentile of the state. We have even received a few awards in past years for how clean and fresh the water is in Powell Township. The water department has a large job of monitoring the wellheads, pump house, fire hydrants, and water tower. The water system was originally installed some 30 years ago and it was ten years ago that work was started to get the system updated. It was only in 2017, after a large portion of funding coming from a USDA Rural Development grant, did the water system get the much needed update. It did see changes to water fees for the Powell Township water customers and it being changed that all households are set to meter usage, but it will be better support for the water customers and for the local fire department to be better equipped to put out fires with fire hydrants having more access.

Water Requests and Change in Ownership Forms

Water Service Request

Change in Ownership or Renter Request

“Let Water Run” Notifications

During the winter months, there have been more cases of freezing spells that have needed the Water Operator and the Custodian to issue a “Let Run” Notice. This Notice is for the Powell Township Water Users in Big Bay to run water at a trickle the size of a pencil lead or needle. During these times Water Bills are adjusted for the higher usage because it prevents more expensive corrections to the water system. A “Let Water Run” notice is sent through TV6, Mining Journal, Township Boards, and website. Be on the look out for these notices. When the freezing temperatures are done and the ground isn’t still a risk of being too cold for pipes, then the Water Operator and Custodian will issue a removal of the the “Let Run” status. The ending status notice will be on the Township Boards, on township Water bills, and website.


Monitoring Requirements Not Met for Powell Township

We are required to monitor your drinking water for specific contaminants on a regular basis. Results of regular monitoring are an indicator of whether or not your drinking water meets health standards. During March 1 to March 31, 2020, we did not monitor or test for total coliform bacteria and, therefore, cannot be sure of the quality of your drinking water during that time.

What should I do?

There is nothing you need to do at this time. This is not an emergency. You do not need to boil water or use an alternative source of water at this time. Even though this is not an emergency, as our customers, you have a right to know what happened and what we did to correct the situation.

The table below lists the contaminant we did not properly test for, how often we are supposed to sample for this contaminant, how many samples we are supposed to take, how many samples we took, when samples should have been taken, and the date we collected follow-up samples.

ContaminantRequired sampling frequencyNumber of samples takenWhen all samples should have been takenDate additional sample was taken
Total Coliform Bacteria1 sample per month0March 1, 2020 to March 31, 2020April 2, 2020

What happened? What is being done?

We inadvertently missed taking a sample within this required sampling period. We are making every effort to ensure this does not happen again. We returned to compliance on April 2, 2020.

For more information, please contact Daryl Wilcox at waterdept@powelltownship.org or 345-9345 X10

This notice is provided to you by Powell Township.

Sewer Department

The Sewer system is an essential part of the structure work of a community, though it’s the least talked or thought about. The sewer system of Powell Township was last updated in 2009. It’s supported by flat fees from the residential customers and a metered fee from the commercial customers. The custodian and cemetery sextant has been overseeing the system and making any recommendations.  The sewer system update is going to be in the thought process of being updated by the Powell Township Board.

MISS DIG 811 Website Information

For more information or to place a dig notice, contact us by calling 811 or by going to our website @  www.missdig811.org  

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Doing Any DIY Projects?

·         Fences

·         Mailbox Posts

·         Room Additions

·         Gardens

·         Swimming Pools

·         Landscaping

·         Decks & Patios

·         Trees of Shrubs

·         Swing Sets

·         Signs

·         Fountains

·         Tents

Know What’s Below Before You Dig!

Even Hand digging can cause damage.  Over 25% of damage is from homeowners.

Become part of the solution!


  • Yourself
  • Your family
  • Your Community

It’s the LAW! It’s fast and it’s FREE!!!

What do you mean FREE?

When you contact MISS DIG 811, the public facility companies are notified to mark the location of their underground lines.

Public facilities are marked for FREE by facility company representatives known as Locators.  The Locators paint lines and/or place flags to mark the approximate location of underground public lines. 


  • Visit elocate.missdig811.org
  • In the e-Locate box click Start.
  • Complete the e-Locate Request.
  • Check your status before you dig @status.missdig811.org
  • Enter your ticket #. Click Inquire.

Those painted lines usually run from the main facility to the meter on your house.

Not everything gets marked when you call.  Private facility lines are NOT marked.

The unmarked private lines usually run from the house to any other building or object with service in your yard, like a garage or lamp post.  A private locator may be hired to mark them.

And often, water and sewer lines are only marked in the right-of-way not all the way to the meter on the house.

It’s the LAW?

Yes, a bill was signed by Gov. Rick Snyder and has been in effect since April 1, 2014.  Be smart and contact MISS DIG 811 before you dig. 

Why so many flags? What do they mean? Can I remove them?

Do NOT remove the flags until the work is completed or after 21 days. 

Color Key:

White – Area of Proposed Excavation

Pink –      Temporary Survey Markings

Red –       Electric

Yellow –  Gas, Oil, Steam, Propane

Orange –  Phone and Cable

Blue –      Water

Purple – Reclaimed water, irrigation

Green – Sewer

Gray –     Used to Erase Marks

5 Steps to Safe Digging

  1. Call MISS DIG 811 at 811 or go online to elocate.missdig811.org
  2. Wait for utilities to be marked
  3. Check status @ status.missdig811.org
  4. Respect the marks
  5. Dig with care