Utilities - Water & Sewer
The City of Portage conducts fire hydrant flushing twice a year. The spring flush is performed in April while the fall flush is performed in October.
The fall flushing map will be posted as soon as the dates have been finalized.
Hydrant flushing helps to improve water quality by removing sediment that accumulates in the water system and provides the opportunity to test the proper operation of the fire hydrants and the water pumping system.
Most hydrants are flushed between the hours of 11 PM and 7:30 AM as to avoid high-traffic hours.
Some water discoloration will occur during the flushing process. Residents are urged to check for discoloration prior to using water for laundry or cleaning during their period of flushing. Even though water may be somewhat discolored, it is safe to drink.
During the flushing process, large quantities of water are discharged from the hydrants. Motorists are urged to watch for vehicles and workers engaged in this work and reduce speeds accordingly. Please call (269) 324-9235 with any questions or concerns.
To start or stop existing water service, please contact the City of Portage Treasury Office at (269) 329-4455.
Automatic Reinstatement of Responsibility for Utility Billing Charges Application
Third-Party Notification of Utility Billing Notices Application
Senior Citizen Water Billing Discount Application
Water & Sewer Service Guide (PDF)
To establish new water service where it does not exist, please contact the Department of Community Development at 269-329-4466.
Water Quality Information
The city owns 20 production wells located throughout the city. The Garden Lane Water Treatment Facility removes arsenic from the groundwater before distribution to the public water system. All water that is pumped is tested daily to ensure the highest quality water is delivered to Portage residents.
Water and Sewer service extensions in the City of Portage are partially funded by special assessments to the benefitting properties. The City Charter includes a procedure to adopt a special assessment district consistent with State of Michigan laws.
Well and Septic Abandonment
Private wells and septic systems are under the purview of the Kalamazoo County Health & Community Services Department. Please call (269) 373-5337 with questions pertaining to well and septic systems.
Plugging Abandoned Wells (PDF)