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Quality Water

WMS draws all of its water from the Detroit River. The water is pumped directing into our water settling basin.  The settling basin is the first step in a multi-step process to obtain clean, safe potable water for our community.
 
WMS pumps an average of approximately 5 million gallons per day (MGD) to our filtering plant. 

Water Monitoring Program

Man measuring water at kitchen sinkAll of the water pumped from the river goes to our settling basin where solids are removed and then pumped into the water filtration plant, where three-fourths of the hardness is removed. The water is tested for contaminants, filtered, and distributed through underground mains under pressure to our customers. The maintenance of that pressure ensures that when leaks occur, the leakage is of conditioned water out of the main, not of dirty water into the main.
 
WMS tests for a variety of constituents of water every day, in the conditioned water through the plants, and in the distribution system which brings the water to your home or business. Tests for bacteria, softening parameters, inorganic and organic compounds are performed routinely in our laboratory to maintain the quality of your water.
 
One of the key factors in the maintenance of good water quality lies in the establishment of a disinfectant residual. WMS relies on the use of chlorine.
 
Water LabBy conditioning the water, WMS is able to stabilize the water brought to your tap. In maintaining consistency in the conditioned water, we offer you the ability to tailor the water to your use. A Typical Analysis, while not representing actual results at any particular time, gives you an idea of what ranges you might expect for a variety of chemical measurements.
 
Questions? Call Bill Weirich, Water Superintendent at 734.324.7142.

Typical Analysis of Conditioned Water

Analyte

Reported as mg/l (except as noted)

Typical Concentration

Range

Calcium

CaCO3

50

40-60

Magnesium

CaCO3

40

30-40

Total Hardness*

CaCO3

90

85-100

Carbonate (CO3)

CaCO3

20

15-30

Bicarbonate (HCO3)

CaCO3

15

10-25

Total alkalinity

CaCO3

35

25-60

Sodium*

Na

44

30-60

Iron*

Fe

0.2

0.1-0.5

Sulfate*

SO4

70

40-150

Chloride*

Cl

46

10-100

Silica*

SiO2

10

9-14

Fluoride

F

.75

0.6-1.4

Phosphate, Tot

P

0.8

0.2-1.0

Phosphate, Ortho

P

0.2

0.1-0.5

Chloramine

Cl2 (at plant tap)

2.0

1.0-3.5

pH

pH units

9.4

9.2-9.8

Turbidity

NTU

0.2 NTU

0.1-0.5

Conductivity*

uS/cm

350

250-750


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