2021 WATER QUALITY REPORT
ABOUT OUR SYSTEM
The Southgate Water Department provides water to approximately 30,000 residents, 11,000 homes, and over 2,000 businesses, schools, churches, apartment complexes and numerous guests and visitors. The Southwest Water Treatment Plant, located at 14700 Moran Road, Allen Park, is Southgate's major supplier of water. The Southwest Water Treatment Plant receives raw water from the Detroit River's 12-foot diameter intake that is approximately 120 feet deep. The line slopes to a depth of 132 feet in approximately one mile where it connects at a vertical shore shaft, which causes raw water to rise and enter a land tunnel. the 12-foot diameter shore or land tunnels travel another three miles to the Southwest low lift pumps.
IT'S OURS TO PROTECT! HELP KEEP POLLUTION OUT OF STORM DRAINS!
The Southgate Water Department will notify you immediately if there is ever any reason for concern about our water. We are pleased that the 2017 Consumers Annual Report on Water Quality has surpassed water quality standards as mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the State of Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ).
GREAT LAKES WATER AUTHORITY (GLWA)
GLWA Statement: PFAS Testing for Drinking Water System
On August 3, 2020, the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) adopted Per and Polyfluoroalkyl compounds (PFAS) drinking water rules. The new rule requires testing for seven PFAS compounds and established maximum contaminant levels (MCLs). PFAS are man-made compounds used in the manufacturing of carpets, clothing, fabrics for furniture, paper packages for food and other materials that are resistant to water, grease or stains. They are also found in products such as firefighting foams, cleaners, cosmetics, paints, adhesives and insecticides.
The Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) has been monitoring PFAS in since 2009. In our latest round of drinking water system testing required under the new rule, GLWA is pleased to assure the public that these chemicals were not detected. This means that PFAS levels were below that which is measurable under the EPA’s standard analytical methodology for the detection of the compounds.
The water that GLWA distributes to its member partner communities remains water of unquestionable quality.
PFAS EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS