A look at Reed City's water system
As part of our continuing coverage of water systems in northern Michigan, we went to Reed City in Osceola County to learn more about its water and where it comes from.
The city has four wells that serve 927 customers.
The water from the wells is pumped into two water towers that each hold 300,000 gallons of water.
The City Manager, Ron Howell, said the city uses cast iron and ductile iron water mains and encourages homeowners to use copper pipes to connect their private water systems to the city's mains.
Although the city doesn't use lead pipes, Howell said he suspects that there may be some old lead connectors in the system.
"If we have some of those left, it's going to be at a small connection from the house that goes all the way out to the main, buried in the street and there's that last small connection from that line to the main," said Howell. "We do know, or at least we suspect, that there's some that are out there that are made of lead. Whenever we have to dig up this line, whenever it is repaired and we find those, they're immediately replaced with copper.
Howell said chlorine is used to get rid of any potential bacteria in the water before it goes out to customers.
He said the water is tested daily for basic safety.