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Water Treatment Plant

Overview

Blissfield’s water treatment plant is a 1.4 million a gallon a day rated surface water plant. The plant’s water source is the River Raisin that flows north east behind the plant.  Blissfield’s plant is a complete treatment plant, meaning the village adds chemicals for coagulation and flocculation. Activated carbon is added for taste and odor removal, as well as adsorption of PFAS compounds. Potassium Permanganate is an oxidizer that helps remove additional organic material again correlated to taste and odor. Ferric sulfate is our coagulant helping to bind compounds in the water together for removal with the aid from our cationic polymer. There is an addition of Caustic soda 25% to adjust the PH of the water back around 7.8-8. Lastly, we add chlorine for disinfection, Fluoride for public health, and Phosphate for corrosion control.

Nora Kiefer, Water Treatment Supervisor

Nora has a bachelors in science from Siena Heights University, she has worked for the village since September 2008. In her time with the village she has obtained 4 state licenses, she currently holds a F-2 and S-4, water and distribution licenses. Nora was promoted to plant supervisor, May 2020.

Contact Information
1330 Beamer Rd. Blissfield, MI 49228

Phone (business calls only) : 517-486-3350
waterplant@blissfieldmichigan.gov

Lab Services
Lab hours for outside testing  Mon. -Fri. 8:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.

Bacteria ( coliform/ E-coli ) – $25.00
Nitrate – $25.00
Pool testing – $25.00
E-coli enumeration – $35.00  ( Hach method 10029 – EPA approved for irrigation water)

Bulk Water Sales

The bulk water station is located at the second building (1330 Beamer rd.), the vendor is on the left front door. The station is available 24 hours a day. The cost is $15.00 per 1,000 gallons.  Bulk water is available by credit card payment or a pre-paid account.  See instructions below on how to set up your account and pre-pay.

Call 517-486-3350 for additional details

Bulk Water Instructions Page 1

Bulk Water Instructions Page 2

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Why am I seeing orange, yellow, or brown water coming from my tap?
The discoloration you see classically comes from iron that gathers in cast iron water mains and gets picked up by a large change in flow. This change can be caused by main break, flushing, firefighting activities, or anything else that disrupts the normal flow through the distribution system.

What should I do if I see discoloration?
Call the BWTP at 517-486-3350, we want to know about every incidence of this occurring. To respond to your concerns and to help us understand all of the conditions that produce this iron pick-up. Normally, if you wait for a short period of time (an hour or so), then flush your faucet for 10 minutes, the discoloration will disappear.

An orange or brown ring forms at the surface of the water in my toilet bowl, sink, or bathtub. What causes this?
When small amounts of the dissolved iron from the water mains is carried into the toilet bowl where it eventually meets oxygen at the surface and is oxidized. In the oxidized form, iron can no longer stay dissolved in the water and clings to the porcelain surface. Iron oxide can stick to most any surface. It isn’t uncommon for water that carries a very small amount of iron to, over a long period of time, cause bathtub surfaces and shower curtains to show an orange tint. The iron will not be visible in the water, but after it hits the air and the iron oxidizes, the iron oxide begins to accumulate on the surface. Most bathroom cleaners will remove iron oxide.

Why do I see a pink/grey slime on my fixtures?
Pink residue, is generally not a problem with water quality. In fact, pink residue is a result of airborne bacteria which produce a pinkish or dark gray film on normally moist surfaces. Such surfaces as toilet bowls, shower heads, and sink drains. Some people have also noticed that the pink residue can be found in their pet’s water bowl, which causes no harm to the pet and is easily cleaned off. The bacteria that cause these pink stains is most likely Serratia marcescens, a bacterium which is found naturally in soil, food, and in animals. Serratia, which produce a characteristic red pigment, thrive on moisture, dust, and phosphates and need almost nothing to survive. The pinkish film often noticed after construction or remodeling, when dust and dirt containing Serratia bacteria are stirred up. Once the bacteria are airborne, it will seek a moist location in which it can grow. Some people have reported that the pink residue only appears during certain times of the year, when their windows are left open for most of the day. Serratia marcescens, is present in a number of environments and wind can carry the airborne bacteria.

Experiencing low water pressure in your home?
First, notice where you are experiencing the low pressure. Is it only in certain fixtures of your home or the whole house? If the pressure is only low in certain fixtures and not others, you can start by removing the aerator or shower head and cleaning it. Soak the screen and other parts in vinegar or CLR to dissolve mineral deposits (scale). It’s best if you can leave the parts submerged in the vinegar overnight, but at the very least, soak them until the deposits are soft enough to be removed with a toothbrush. If the pressure loss is the whole home, then proceed by checking for any leaks in the plumbing of your home. A faulty water heater will also cause pressure loss in the home. If the home is still experiencing a loss in water pressure, please contact BWTP at 517-486-3350. We want to know about every instance of this occurring, both to respond to your concerns and to begin looking for possible breaks in the water distribution system.

I would like to add a softener to my home, what is the hardness of our public drinking water?
The average hardness of the Blissfield drinking water over the last year was 250 PPM, which is equal to 14.6 grains of hardness. Water hardness is the amount of dissolved calcium and magnesium in the water. Hard water is high in dissolved minerals, mostly calcium and magnesium. You may have felt the effects of hard water, the last time you washed your hands. Depending on the hardness of your water, using soap to wash you may have felt like there was a film of residue left on your hands. In hard water, soap reacts with the calcium to form “soap scum”. Have you done a load of dishes in the dishwasher, taken out the glasses, and noticed spots or film on them? This is more hard-water residue—not hazardous, however unappealing.

Grains per Gallon mg/L of ppm Water Hardness
1 – 3.5 17.1060 Slightly hard
3.5 – 7 60-120 Moderately hard
7 – 10 120-180 Hard
Over 10 Over 180 Very hard

For any unanswered question on your water utility, please contact BWTP at 517-486-3350. All billing questions must go to the Village office at 517-486-4347.

Address

130 South Lane Street
P.O. Box 129
Blissfield, MI 49228