quick linksQuick Links

Water Treatment


Jim Webster - Water Operations

150 Marion Street Howell, MI 48843

(517) 546-5309
M-F 7:00a - 4:00p

"Delivering Cool, Clean, Softened Groundwater To Your Door"

Official City of Howell Water System Press Release
Please visit the Northwest Elementary website for more information

City of Howell Lead & Copper Water Testing

The City of Howell has been testing for Lead & Copper throughout our distribution system since 1992.  Sampling is conducted within private homes that have the greatest probability of containing lead components based on the age of the home.  Initial testing began in 1992 and was done annually until 1995 when testing frequency was reduced to every three years, as results in the city were well under EPA limits.  The last sampling and testing was performed in 2013, those results as well as additional information are available at www.cityofhowell.org/water in the Water Quality Reports. 

The City of Howell public water supply meets all EPA safe drinking water standards.  Due to many potential sources within private plumbing fixtures and the age and material used, sources of lead may be present within your home.  If you have plumbing and fixtures that predate the 1986 EPA “lead ban”, you may have components such as, fixtures, fittings or solder that contain higher levels of lead. 

If you have concern of your water quality in your home, you can have your water tested by an MDEQ approved laboratory.  The City has used the following three labs in the past:

 For more information on lead visit the U.S. EPA’s website:  www.epa.gov/lead

View the latest Water Rates

02/08/2016 - Council meeting,  Water Quality Presentation on Lead Copper Rules and Corrosion Control

View a power point presentation of how water is treated Treatment process with speaker notes
Visit the Well Head protection page to learn more on how to protect our drinking water source.

The Howell Water Treatment Plant treats up to 3.1 million gallons of groundwater daily.
The plant services the entire City of Howell, with water drawn and treated from a series of six wells.


The water system for the City of Howell was first constructed in 1894. Currently, water is supplied by six wells located at the plant and throughout the City. Prior to completion of the current treatment facility in 1992, City water was treated for the removal of hardness and iron by utilizing six zeolite ion exchange filters.

The current facility utilizes a Claricone and rapid sand filters for softening and filtering the well water. In 1921, a 150,000 gallon elevated storage tank was constructed at the water plant site to maintain water pressure throughout the City. In 1959, a 300,000 gallon elevated storage tank was added in the northern part of the city to facilitate maintenance of the water distribution system. When the current water plant went online in 1992, the 150,000 gallon tank was abandoned due to age and poor condition. A ground storage reservoir with a capacity of 620,000 gallons was constructed with the new treatment plant to provide storage capacity to meet peak demands and to provide in increased reserve and for fire protection.

Tri-annual Lead and Copper Testing Schedule

Every three years the City collects and tests for lead and copper from residential homes through the distribution system.  Testing was done in 2013 and the next round of testing will be done in the summer of 2016.

City of Howell Annual Water Quality Report

Each year all Michigan Municipal Water Systems are required to issue an annual water quality report.  The report provides a summary of where water comes from and what it contains, and how it compares to EPA and MDEQ standards.

2020 Water Quality Report
2019 Water Quality Report
2018 Water Quality Report
2017 Water Quality Report
2016 Water Quality Report
2015 Water Quality Report

2014 Water Quality Report
2013 Water Quality Report
2012 Water Quality Report
2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006