Water Department

Water Director
Aaron Potter

For Water and Sewer Emergencies after normal business hours, please contact White Lake Twp. Police Department 248-698-4400

Lead & Copper Monitoring


White Lake Township Department of Public Service is currently conducting Lead & Copper monitoring of our drinking water system.. This important water quality process helps us to insure that our corrosion control is optimized. We are looking for additional residents with homes built before 1988 to participate in our water sampling. These homes would generally be located in Distribution District #2.

Lead:  Children and adults who drink water containing lead in excess of the action level could experience delays in their physical or mental development. Some people who drink this water over many years could develop kidney problems or high blood pressure. Lead in drinking water is primarily from materials and components associated with service lines and home plumbing. White Lake Twp. Water Dept. is responsible for providing high quality drinking water, but cannot control the variety of materials used in plumbing components.  

Copper: An essential nutrient, but some children and adults who drink water containing copper in excess of the action level over a relatively short amount of time could experience gastrointestinal distress. Some people who drink water containing copper in excess of the action level over many years could suffer liver or kidney damage.

Please contact our office at 248-698-7700 or go to our website and fill out our online form. Your participation is greatly appreciated.

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Irrigation Restriction Ends
Public Advisory Regarding Lead and Copper

White Lake Department of Public Services (DPS) has recently issued a Public Education flyer regarding the lead action level exceedance notification that we received from State of Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) on October 2nd.  This is the second publication required under the administrative rules promulgated under the Michigan Safe Drinking Water Act, 1976 PA 399 as amended (Act 399).

White Lake is continuing to work with EGLE and Oakland County Health Division to ensure that we are doing everything that we can to comply with the requirements of the rule. Oakland County health Division has completed their sampling in the three homes that tested over the action level for lead in drinking water. The monitoring period for DPS sampling for Lead and Copper for Corrosion Control starts in January 2020.
White Lake DPS would like to assure our customers that we are committed to providing the highest quality, clean, safe drinking water to our residents.

WLT Lead and Copper Public Education

DPS has recently concluded our most recent round of lead and copper monitoring required by PA399 under the new Lead and Copper Rule. Out of twenty samples collected at locations built in 1988 or prior, we had three samples returned that had results for lead over the Action Level in our southernmost district. As a response to this White Lake DPS has issued a Public Advisory about lead to our residents detailing what we have found and what our customers can do.

DPS will increase monitoring in our southern Distribution System #2. A copy of the Public Advisory has been sent out in our water bills yesterday to all of our customers including those in Distribution System #1 even though that area is not affected. A map of the Distribution Systems is included in the Public Advisory at the link below. Please use the online form below if you would like to participate in our next round of sampling.

DPS will be holding a Townhall Meeting at Lakeland High School on Thursday evening October 10th from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Experts from White Lake Department of Public Services (DPS), Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) as well as Oakland County Health Division (OCHD) will be available for a discussion of the facts and the precautionary measures that we are taking in an effort to protect our residents from any possible health risk. Oakland County experts will be there to answer any health related questions from customers that are concerned about lead and will have filters available to distribute to residences with children or pregnant women that would like one and are not able to afford the cost of a filter.

For more information regarding lead and copper or any other water concern please contact White Lake DPS at 248-698-7700.

WLT Lead and Copper Public Advisory

Water Theft is a Crime

Water Theft is a Crime

White Lake DPS has experienced an increase in illegal fire hydrant use in our township.  Illegal and unregulated connections can not only increase the risk of contaminating our water supply, but also lower pressure needed for fire protection. Improper opening or closing of a fire hydrant can cause widespread rusty water complaints or worse, water main breaks and serious property damage.  Unauthorized use or theft of water costs more for everyone.

How to Spot Theft

Water theft from fire hydrants occurs most often when the user does not have a metered connection.  To legally use water from a fire hydrant, the business or contractor must obtain a permit and meter assembly from DPS.  The meter assembly includes a backflow preventer. If you see water being used from a hydrant without a meter assembly, theft may be occurring.

Help Stop Water Theft

If you suspect water is being stolen from a fire hydrant or identify a water meter that has been bypassed or tampered with, please call 911 immediately or email apotter@whitelaketwp.com. Tampering with the water system or using a hydrant without a permit is a misdemeanor offense.
Iron Filtration

The Village Acres Iron Removal Plant has been up and running since June of 2017. We are continuously testing water quality at this site and the water chemistry in the distribution system that it supplies. We are always looking for additional sampling locations. If you are interested in participating in water sampling, please contact us at 248-698-7700.

Departmental Overview

Under the administration of the Township Supervisor, the Water Department is composed of four employees; this included (1) Director, (2) Field Technician and (2) Office Personnel.

  • White Lake has provided water to the Township residents since 1980.  We have 2,092 water accounts.  It is the Water Departments goal to provide safe drinking water and fire protection to White Lake Township citizens.
  • White Lake Township Water Department currently maintains 47.5 miles of water main.  It is composed of 11 community wells, (2) one million gallon water towers, one booster station and 665 fire hydrants.  We have added a 240 volt generator set, quick connect for a portable generator at Hillview Well House as well as backup generator sets at the Water office, and other key sites, like Aspen Meadows, Twin Lakes 1 and Village Acres.
2018 Water Quality Report
The 2018 Water Quality Report is now available.  Click here or stop in to the White Lake Township Water Department to pick up a printed copy.
GIS Locating

DPS has begun work on our GIS Mapping Program (Geographical Information System). This system uses precise GPS technology to aid in locating and maintaining utility assets, planning, and speed up emergency response. We will also be able to gather information faster and offer improved customer service.

Your cooperation in necessary. Crews from White Lake Township and Johnson & Anderson engineering will be out locating and collecting GPS coordinates to precisely locate your water shut off valves. A blue water flag will be placed on the valve and removed a few days later when the information has been collected. If you have questions or would like additional information about our GIS program, please contact the Water and Sewer Dept. at 248-698-7700.

Departmental Services
  • Repair and maintain water mains and related structures, such as towers, pumps, fire hydrants, get wells, water shut off valves and generator.
  • Flushing hydrants twice a year.
  • Replacement of water  meters.
  • Meters updates to an automated billing system.
  • Marking for underground water utility locations
  • Management of subdivision irrigation meters.
  • Investigation of water service line leaks.
  • Answer customer inquiries regarding rusty or cloudy water, low water pressure, water location, billing and fees.
  • Public health compliance. 

White Lake Township Ordinance 22 and the Department of Environmental Quality, through the State of Michigan, governs and regulates the water system.

Contact Us

Water Director
Aaron Potter

Kelly Lang
Lori McKee

Ext. 8