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Carol Maxbauer
Utility Billing Clerk
Ext. 21

Office Hours
Monday - Friday
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
810-987-6600 x 21

Senior Citizens

Are you 65 years of age or older, own and occupy your own home, and have an annual household income of $20,000 or less? You may qualify for our reduced Senior Citizen Water Rate. To obtain an application, or should you have questions, contact the Water Office at (810) 987-6600


Know Your Meter!


The water meter measures the amount of water that is used in the household. It is usually located in a basement, crawl space, utility closet or laundry room. On the outside of the house is a remote reader that is wired to the meter and allows the meter readers to obtain a reading without entering the house. The meter measures water usage in cubic feet. Each cubic foot equals 7.48 gallons. Reading your water meter is much like reading the odometer of a car. For billing purposes, only the first four digits on the left are used.


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If you make payments online using your checking or savings account, please be sure to allow at least 2 - 3 business days for processing by PSN and your bank.  Payments not approved by the due date may result in a late fee.  

When paying your utility bills online, you must click on "Pay Utility Bills" and register.  If you click on "Pay Miscellaneous Bills", processing of your payment may be delayed resulting in a late fee.


Utility bill payments, call 1-877-885-7968.  On the first call, you will register on the automated phone payments system so that future payments are just 4 steps.


Utility bill payments must be received on or before the due date to avoid incurring a 10% penalty.  Postmark will no longer be accepted.

Important Recycling Information:  Are you recycling right?  The recycling industry is experiencing high levels of contamination - trash in the recycling - at a time when the requirements for quality (clean recycling) are increasing due to new policies implemented by end markets for recyclable materials.

Earlier this year, China began to limit the quality and quantity of material it accepts for recycling, impacting the recycling industry world-wide.  As a result, WM's focus on quality is higher than ever, as they work to ensure the long-term sustainability of its recycling program.

When non- recyclable items (contamination) end up in your recycling, they have the potential to turn the entire load into trash, resulting in contamination and additional processing and disposal costs.

Here are some tools for success - follow these simple rules to avoid contamination.

RECYCLING DO'S:  DO recycle all empty plastic bottles, cans, paper and cardboard; DO keep foods and liquids out of recycling; DO keep plastic bags out of recycling.

RECYCLING DON'TS: DON"T bag your recyclables - plastic bags and film get tangled in the machinery; DON'T include food-soiled items (pizza boxes) - they can turn an entire load of recycling into trash; DON'T add sharp or dangerous materials like needles and electronics - they can cause injury to the workers; DON'T toss in "tanglers" like rubber hoses and wires - they can shut down an entire recycling center; DON'T include bulky items like propane tanks or constructions debris.

2018 Water Quality Report: The 2018 Drinking Water Quality Report is now available. Click on the following link to review the report.      www.porthurontownship.org/2018WaterQualityReport.  If you would like to have a copy mailed to you, contact the Township at (810) 987-6600 x21 or email cmaxbauer@porthurontownship.org
Utilities Department
Final Billings 


Turn On/Off (normal hours)


Turn On/Off (after hours) 


New Meter 3/4" (replacement)


Fire Hydrant Use (up to 5,000 gallons) 


Hourly labor charge (after hours)


RATES (Effective 1/1/20):

Each 100 cuft  = $3.775 (Senior Citizen = $2.643)
Ready to Serve Charge = $45.00 per quarter (Senior Citizen = $31.50)

Residential Sewer:
$79.00 per quarter flat rate (sewer usage is not metered)

Refuse Charges:
$46.60 per quarter


Turn off all faucets on both the interior and exterior of the home/building. If the meter is equipped with a diamond or triangle shaped leak detector and it is stationary, there is no leak: however, if it moves at all, there is a leak present. If the meter is not equipped with the type of leak detector described above, watch the red needle for a minute or two. If it moves without water being used through one of the faucets, a leak exists.


Toilet leaks can be silent but very costly over a short period of time. The best defense against these leaks is routine maintenance of the various parts of your toilet. In order to see if your toilet is leaking, place food coloring or a powdered drink in the back of the toilet tank (in order to change the color of the water) and wait 30 minutes. Do not flush!

If any of the colored water enters the toilet bowl (without flushing)--your toilet is leaking. At this time, you need to examine the flush valve (“flapper’) and the refill valve--they may need repair or replacement. Also, be sure to check the water level in the tank so that it is not entering the overflow tube when not in use.


BEFORE YOU DIG, CALL MISS DIG at 800-482-7171 or 811

Michigan's Utility Color Codes

If you notice flags in your yard or along the roadway, it is an indicator that someone is planning to perform underground construction in that area. The color of the flag indicates the type of utility that has been marked.

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