1. Wellhead Protection Program
The City of Owosso's Wellhead Protection Program Plan (WHPP) is designed to (1) provide safe drinking water to the public and (2) protect drinking water from potential sources of contamination.
The City of Owosso obtains its drinking water from 6 wells that pump water from between 82 and 152 feet beneath the City. This water is pumped to the water treatment facility on Allendale Ave, here the groundwater is treated and then is pumped to water supply lines that connect to homes and businesses within the City, its surrounding townships and the City of Corunna.
2. How Can You Help Protect Your Drinking Water?
Once ground water becomes contaminated, it can be very difficult, costly, and in some cases impossible to clean up. Preventing ground-water contamination is the most effective way to protect your drinking water resources. The City realizes that it cannot control every land user in its Wellhead Protection Area, so here are some ways that you can help protect your drinking water and the drinking water that will be used by many generations to come.
- Locate and properly plug unused and abandoned wells.
- Properly dispose of household hazardous waste.
- Properly maintain your septic system, if you have one.
- Consider alternatives to household products that contain hazardous materials.
- Follow instructions when using fertilizers and pesticides.
- Inspect above ground and underground storage tanks for leaks.
3. Potential Sources of Contamination
- Leaking underground storage tanks.
- Hazardous materials spill.
- Transportation accidents.
- Improper waste disposal activities.
- Misuse of herbicides and pesticides.
- Failing septic systems and improper septic design.
- Byproducts from oil and gas well drilling activities.
- Road salt application.
4. Where is our Wellhead Protection Zone?