Jeff Burkhard, Water System Superintendent

Tracy Dettman, Water Billing Clerk

The Lake Township Water Department consists of Superintendent, Jeff Burkhard, who has been with Lake Township in the Water Department since 1979. Jeff possesses the licensing and knowledge to needed to lead the department keeping water at the very high quality it has been. He has worked in a variety of positions at the Plant during his career.

The Department has eight water employees, five work as plant operators and three work in distribution maintenance. The staff has a combined experience of over 150 years! Their experience and dedication is invaluable in providing excellent quality water to over 10,000 customers in Lake Township and some surrounding communities.

The plant processes water from Lake Michigan and is one on the few in the state that has three treatment systems. The state of the art plant uses the latest technology in processes and consistently gets the highest rating for quality from the State. The water rates are the lowest in the area and often 25-30% of rates charged by neighboring communities. Water and sewer is available to nearly every resident.

The water tower had maintenance and renovation completed in order to continue to provide residents with great water! To view pictures of the completed work, click here.

Consumer Confidence Report

Lake Township provides excellent quality water.

Per- and Polyfluoroalklyl substance testing. Please click on this link to see the results of this test. Lake Township Water is constantly completing the required testing to assure your water supply is safe!

Online Card Payments

We are pleased to now offer secure on line card payments! Payments can be made anytime from the convenience of your home. All transactions are processed as credit transactions and subject to fees defined below. Just follow the link below to log in and register on the site. The site is provided by our software vendor and is used by hundreds of municipalities across the country. Once you have registered you will use your user name and password to access your account in the future, look at payment histories and water usage, and make payments.

There is no charge for accessing your own primary residence property but there is a small fee for viewing other properties information. There is also a convenience fee charged by our payment processor when payments are made. It is $ 1.50 for payments of $ 50 or less, $ 3.00 for payments $ 50.01 to $ 100 and $ 3.00 for each additional $ 100 in payments. Fees for the average payment of $ 100 to $ 200 is $ 6.00. These are the same fees you would pay making card payment at our office or over the phone and no part of this fee goes to Lake Charter Township. You will be e mailed a receipt for the payment if you entered a valid e mail address when paying. You have the option to also print a receipt after the payment is confirmed.

We have found the site to be user friendly and have a lot of great information about your water usage and prior billing information. We are sure you will enjoy it. After registering you search for your account either by address or name. Once in your account you can make payments, review current bill information, view history of payments, and see a graph of past usage. Once you have registered and are familiar with the site, simply log in using the link on the right side of the home page. You MUST ALLOW 24 HOURS for on line payments to be processed. Payments submitted less than 24 hours prior to due dates or shut off deadlines will be subject to late payment penalties and shut off charges. Click on the link below to be directed to the site, which will open up in a new browser window/tab.

Water Rates

Upon review of the recommendation of our water fund analyst, water rates will increase effective 4/1/17. This increase is necessary to continue the effort to have the water fund be less dependent on subsidy from the general fund. It is important we continue to update equipment and replace aging water mains to continue to provide high quality water to our customers. LCT remains one of the lowest cost water providers in the area.

Sewer rates will also be increasing effective 4/1/17 for similar reasons. See current rates below.

Water Tap Fees

Lake Township Residents: Non-resident rates:
1" tap, ¾" meter: $1585.00
1" tap, 1" meter: $1660.00
2" tap, 2" meter: $2800.00
1" tap, ¾" meter: $2377.00
1" tap, 1" meter: $2490.00
2" tap, 2" meter: $4200.00

Note: There will be a separate material charge, if more parts are needed, when the meter and pit are installed.
Fees for larger meter and tap installation with be determined by the price of the 2" tap plus time and materials.

Also: Starting immediately, water shutoffs for nonpayment will begin at 8:00 am. If payment is not received by 8:00 am the day of shutoffs, a $40 shutoff penalty will be applied and your water service will be shutoff until payment is received.

Water Service Application

Sewer Tap Fees

Lake Township Residents: Non-resident rates:
Tap fee $ 1825.00 (Includes $ 25 inspection fee) Tap fee $ 2725.00 (Includes $ 25 inspection fee)

We have recently set up a system so water and sewer payments can be automatically deducted from your checking or savings account each quarter when due. Please complete the attached form and return it along with a voided check to start this service. It is a free service to you.

Rate Information