Mark Panzegrau, Water System Superintendent

Sandi Denman, Water Billing Department

The Lake Township Water Department consists of the Superintendent, Mark Panzagrau, who has been with Lake Township since 2012. Prior to joining Lake Township Mark worked 28 years in a variety of positions at Grand Rapids Water System.

Chief Heyn and Captain Jones made memories for a local family. As part of the Bridgman Foundation for Educational Excellence "Now and Forever" silent auction fund raiser in February the Rumsey family won the fire tour and ride in the Lake Township fire truck. Thanks to Chief Heyn and Captain Jones for supporting the Foundation and making these kids dreams come true!

The Department has eight water employees, five work as plant operators and three work in distribution maintenance. The staff has a combined experience of over 150 years! Their experience and dedication is invaluable in providing excellent quality water to over 10,000 customers in Lake Township and some surrounding communities.

The plant processes water from Lake Michigan and is one on the few in the state that has three treatment systems. The state of the art plant uses the latest technology in processes and consistently gets the highest rating for quality from the State. The water rates are the lowest in the area and often 25-30% of rates charged by neighboring communities. Water and sewer is available to nearly every resident.

The water tower had maintenance and renovation completed in order to continue to provide residents with great water! To view pictures of the completed work, click here.

Consumer Confidence Report

Lake Township provides excellent quality water. Click here to view the 2016 Consumer Conidence Report for more information.

Online Card Payments

We are pleased to now offer secure on line card payments! Payments can be made anytime from the convenience of your home. All transactions are processed as credit transactions and subject to fees defined below. Just follow the link below to log in and register on the site. The site is provided by our software vendor and is used by hundreds of municipalities across the country. Once you have registered you will use your user name and password to access your account in the future, look at payment histories and water usage, and make payments.

There is no charge for accessing your own primary residence property but there is a small fee for viewing other properties information. There is also a convenience fee charged by our payment processor when payments are made. It is $ 1.50 for payments of $ 50 or less, $ 3.00 for payments $ 50.01 to $ 100 and $ 3.00 for each additional $ 100 in payments. Fees for the average payment of $ 100 to $ 200 is $ 6.00. These are the same fees you would pay making card payment at our office or over the phone and no part of this fee goes to Lake Charter Township. You will be e mailed a receipt for the payment if you entered a valid e mail address when paying. You have the option to also print a receipt after the payment is confirmed.

We have found the site to be user friendly and have a lot of great information about your water usage and prior billing information. We are sure you will enjoy it. After registering you search for your account either by address or name. Once in your account you can make payments, review current bill information, view history of payments, and see a graph of past usage. Once you have registered and are familiar with the site, simply log in using the link on the right side of the home page. You MUST ALLOW 24 HOURS for on line payments to be processed. Payments submitted less than 24 hours prior to due dates or shut off deadlines will be subject to late payment penalties and shut off charges. Click on the link below to be directed to the site, which will open up in a new browser window/tab.

Water Rates

Upon review of the recommendation of our water fund analyst, water rates will increase effective 1/1/15 to $2.20/1000 gallons for the average residential customer. This will increase the minimum quarterly charge for 10,000 gallons to $22.00 from the current charge of $17.00, an increase of $1.67/month. Lake Township water rates will still be well below those of the majority of our surrounding communities. The cost breaks down to $7.33/month or only $0.24/day.

Sewer rates will also be increasing effective 1/1/15 by $15/quarter. The increase will raise the charge to $84.00/quarter from the current charge of $69.00/quarter, an increase of $5.00/month. Sewer will now be $28.00/month.

Water Tap Fees

Lake Township Residents: Non-resident rates:
1" tap, ¾" meter: $1585.00
1" tap, 1" meter: $1660.00
2" tap, 2" meter: $2800.00
1" tap, ¾" meter: $2377.00
1" tap, 1" meter: $2490.00
2" tap, 2" meter: $4200.00

Note: There will be a separate material charge, if more parts are needed, when the meter and pit are installed.
Fees for larger meter and tap installation with be determined by the price of the 2" tap plus time and materials.

Water Service Application

Sewer Tap Fees

Lake Township Residents: Non-resident rates:
Tap fee $ 1825.00 (Includes $ 25 inspection fee) Tap fee $ 2725.00 (Includes $ 25 inspection fee)

We have recently set up a system so water and sewer payments can be automatically deducted from your checking or savings account each quarter when due. Please complete the attached form and return it along with a voided check to start this service. It is a free service to you.

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