The Department of Public Works operations are significant to the Village. Taking care of the water, sewer, streets, sidewalks and parks are among the DPW's many daily responsibilities.
The Village has a 150,000 gallon water tank and three wells located throughout town that supplies our residents. Our water goes through two separate filtration systems, and requires a D-3 and S-3 certification license for operation. We have a DPW staff member who has this license, he and other crew members help keep the system running smoothly.
Along with the water system, the DPW is responsible for the sewers and lift stations and work in the Clean Water Plant. There are seven primary lift stations, four in the Village and three in the Township, and approximately 50 secondary lift stations that are maintained.
The DPW also has the duty of maintaining and repairing over 12 miles of local streets, as well as plowing the streets in the winter and mowing and preserving multiple park properties. Additionally, the DPW does spring and fall brush and leaf removal.
Sanitary Sewer Leads Homeowner's Responsibility - What You Should Know
All the drains in your home lead to somewhere, and unless you have a septic tank, the sewer lines lead out to the sewer main that services the Village. The sewer main is at the end of your property, under the street in most cases. What homeowners don't realize is that they are responsible for any damage suffered by the sewer line, all the way up to the sewer main.
In 2001 the State of Michigan enacted Public Act 222 (MCL 691.1416 seq.) to provide a statutory exception to government immunity for sanitary sewer backups on real property.
To better understand Public Act 222 and its contents, please click on the link below.
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Sanitary Sewer Leads - What You Should Know (PDF)
Water Meter Replacement
The Water Department is in the process of water meter replacement.
Some residents have meters in pits, we ask that the residents please make access to the area available to help expedite the process.
One of the great pastimes in Michigan is bird watching and Pentwater is no exception to having an assortment of beautiful birds to see. There is a bird watching sanctuary located at the ponds behind the DPW Building. Parking is available behind the building, as vehicle access is prohibited near the ponds, foot traffic only. Another great spot for bird watching is at the Longbridge Road Bridge Boardwalk.