In 1995, the Lansing Charter Township & Lansing Board of Water &
Light helped found the Mid-Michigan Water Authority, a regional water supply
coordinating entity formed solely to benefit its member communities.
Members of the Water Authority include Bath
Village of Dimondale,
City of Grand Ledge, City of Lansing,
Village of Webberville
and Windsor Charter Township.
The Water Authority's mission is to provide a cooperative forum for development
of a regional water system for its member communities and to help them obtain
safe, reliable and cost effective water resources.
The Authority's goals are:
In the late 1980's, several public water supplies in the Tri-County area were
in the midst of evaluating construction or expansion of their water treatment
facilities. One possible alternative included purchasing bulk water from the
BWL, where treatment capacity exceeded the system's projected needs. In 1988, a
drought in the region accentuated the differences in capabilities between
existing public water systems. The combined set of circumstances led to an open
house at Michigan
where community representatives discussed the feasibility of a cooperative
approach to providing public water supply throughout the region.
Our regional communities acknowledged their mutual dependence on the Saginaw aquifer. A model
for cooperation on groundwater issues already existed between area communities
in the form of the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission Groundwater
Management Board. In 1990, the BWL participated in a Water
Regionalization Task Force along with representatives from other communities.
With the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission as its fiscal agent the Task
Force sought proposals to evaluate the legal, technical and economic
feasibility of a regional approach to water supply development.
Final conclusion of the studies showed that there is great advantage in
participating as part of a regional authority and although financial savings
cannot be measured to any degree of certainty, the above assessment pales in
comparison to the benefits of having a multi-jurisdictional group of
governments harmoniously working together for a common cause.
The estimated savings in incalculable.
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