Under the direction of Superintendent Robert J. Martin, the City of South Lyon operates its own water system as well as its own sanitary and storm sewer lines. The Water Department oversees the treatment and distribution of the City's water, water quality testing to ensure that the it meets all applicable quality standards, and water billing.
The Wastewater Treatment Plant is located at:
23500 Dixboro Road
South Lyon, Michigan 48178
Services performed by the Water Department include:
About the Water System: The City of South Lyon's water system is serviced by three (3) wells ranging in depth from 120 to 125 feet deep and are located in McHattie Park on Dorothy Street. In 2002, a Water Plant renovation added more iron filtration and pumping capacity. We have a one million gallon ground storage tank with a 500,000 gallon elevated water tower which supplies water pressure to the City at 60-70 psi. The City also operates it's own Wastewater Treatment Facility, located at 23500 Dixboro Road. The plant is designed to treat 1.5 million gallons daily. After treatment, water is discharged into Yerkes Drain, which flows west to the Huron River.
Billing: Utility bills are issued quarterly (January, April, July and October) and are due the last business day of that month. The bills include charges for water, sewer and garbage collection. Questions regarding billing should be directed to Phyllis Popravsky at (248) 437-2326. Please note: If you are moving, contact Phyllis at (248) 437-2326 one week prior to your move date to schedule a final water meter reading.
(New rates below are effective as of 6/1/10)
Water: $1.95 per thousand gallons
Sewer: $3.83 per thousand gallons of water used
Solid Waste: $32.25 per quarter
Service: Service related problems should be directed to (248) 437-4006.
We accept payment in the form of cash, checks or money order. We are not
able to accept credit or debit cards.
What is wellhead protection? It is the act of safeguarding our water supply. The City of South Lyon's aquifer lies beneath the Pumpkinfest parade route from which we pump the City's water supply. An aquifer is like an underground lake that is replenished by both rainwater and groundwater. The City of South Lyon pumps 2 million gallons per day from this aquifer. We supply 3,300 homes and businesses in the City of South Lyon with this water supply. A single drop of motor oil can contaminate hundred of gallons of water.
What can I do to help? By properly recycling or disposing of household and commercial chemicals and reporting any illegal dumping to (248) 437-4006. You can also join the City of South Lyon's Wellhead Protection Committee. For more information, contact the Water Department at (248) 437-4006.
Need more information? A DVD is available free-of-charge to residents interested in learning more about the protection of South Lyon's drinking water. Pick up your copy from the Water and Wastewater Department.
Water Saving Tips:
Every Drop Counts - Water Saving Tips At Home:
Did you know that we use about 77 gallons of water each day per person? A few simple changes can make a big difference.
Repair leaks: Dripping faucets and leaky toilets can waste over 2,000 gallons of water each year.
Replace old showerheads: Low flow showerheads can save 3 gallons per minute.
Run full loads: Running laundry machines and dishwashers when full instead of multiple smaller loads.
Consider water efficiency: When purchasing new laundry machines or dishwashers, consider water efficient models. They use up to 40% less water per year.
Turn off water: When brushing your teeth or shaving, turn the water off in the sink.
Collecting Rainwater Can Bring Water Bill Relief: If you're looking for ways to save on your bills, consider an old-fashioned technology: rain barrels. Rainwater is the best choice for your plants. Rainwater is oxygenated, unchlorinated, and warmer than tap water, making it ideal for your plants and turf. Use a rain barrel from your downspouts. A 1,000 square foot roof will collect 625 gallons of water from one inch of rain. Best of all Ė itís FREE!!
Water that comes to city dwellers in the form of rain is hurried - into storm sewer systems and away by asphalt, concrete, or the roof of your house, surfaces that donít absorb water.
In contrast, rainwater that falls on porous ground is filtered through layers of soil and rock and into ground water aquifers or into streams, rivers and lakes unassisted. Using a barrel to catch the water flowing from eaves troughs is one of the simplest, cheapest ways to conserve water and divert it from the storm sewer system. And if your city or town bans watering during times of dry weather, it may be the ONLY way to avoid having to watch your garden wilt.
Rain barrels can either be purchased online or through local environmental organizations.
Many environmental groups and cities across the State sell rain barrels at subsidized prices. Several hardware stores now carry them certain times of the year. For more information, contact the Huron River Watershed Council at (734) 769-5123 or Southeastern Oakland County Water Authority at (248) 288-5150.