Water Filtration

The City of Muskegon Water Filtration Plant treats water from Lake Michigan to produce abundant, clean, and safe drinking water. The drinking water produced at the plant serves a population of about 90,000, including the City of Muskegon, the City of North Muskegon, the City of Norton Shores, the City of Roosevelt Park, Fruitport Township, and the Muskegon County Northside and Eastside water systems. Within these communities, the water produced by the plant is used at residential, commercial, and industrial locations, in addition to supplying water to fire hydrants.

The Water Filtration Plant operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with staff onsite to routinely sample and analyze the water as it is being treated. Plant staff also oversees the distribution of the water to the City and its customer communities. The Water Filtration Plant produces over 4 billion gallons of drinking water every year, with an average of 11 million gallons every day.

Water Quality Report

The annual Water Quality Report, which describes the source and quality of the drinking water provided in the City of Muskegon, is linked below.

View the Water Quality Report

Frequently Asked Questions

  • In 2018, MDEQ contracted AECOM to do sampling and testing for PFAS throughout the state. The concentrations of PFOA and PFOS in our water were 2 ppt, and that is well below the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) lifetime health advisory (LHA) of 70 ppt. For more information, please see https://muskegon-mi.gov/city-of-muskegon-wssn-04570-pfas-result/

  • The City of Muskegon has conducted all required monitoring and sampling since the Lead and Copper Rule was promulgated. Sampling results over the years have met the standard and never exceeded levels requiring any action. As the recent water quality report indicates, our 90th percentile lead levels are at 3 ppb (parts per billion), well below the action level of 15 ppb.

    For information about lead in drinking water or how the situation in Flint is related to what we do here in Muskegon, contact Sanjeev Mungarwadi, Muskegon Water Filtration Plant Superintendent at (231) 724-4106 or sanjeev.mungarwadi@shorelinecity.com.

  • Chlorine is added in small amounts to drinking water. It is the disinfectant applied to destroy pathogenic (harmful) bacteria and microbes. This keeps the water safe to drink.

  • The milky-white appearance is from tiny air bubbles in the water similar to gas bubbles in beer or soda pop. After a little while, the bubbles rise to the top and are gone. This occurs most often in the winter when drinking water is cold.

  • The Water Filtration Plant uses Lake Michigan as a source of supply.

  • For water quality questions or complaints, please contact (231) 724-4106. It is likely a representative will be sent to your home to help you or to explain what is causing the problem. Often, a chlorine residual test is performed or a bacteriological sample is collected for analysis.

  • For water pressure issues or other service problems, please contact (231) 724-4100. It is likely a representative will be sent to your home to help you or to explain what is causing the problem. If required, a cross connection inspection will be performed, depending on the nature of the problem.

  • Give the plant a call at (231) 724-4106, and we’ll be happy to get a tour set up.

  • No, our drinking water does not contain any of these.

Contact the Water Filtration Department

  • Joe Buthker

    Joe Buthker

    Water Plant Superintendent