The Water system consists of the following personnel:
Wells: The City of Buchanan water system consists of three wells located in the Department of Public Works area. The wells deliver an average of 600,000 gallons per day, with increases related to temperatures of the day.
Well No. 1 produces 1000 gallons per minute
Well No. 3 produces 800 gallons per minute
Well No. 4A produces 700 gallons per minute
Chlorine used 2-4 pounds per day (average)
Fluoride used 5 pounds per day (average)
Distribution: The distribution system consists of 30 miles of water mains ranging in size from three inch to twelve inch, two elevated towers totaling 750,000 gallons, 252 hydrants, and over 420 valves. Water mains and service leads are maintained by this department.
Hydrant Flushing: Hydrants are flushed twice per year in the months of April and October. Hydrants flushing is performed to remove the accumulation of iron buildup in the system.
Well Head Protection: The city has an ongoing Well Head Protection Program which was approved by the MDEQ. The program performs inspection for possible contamination sites, increases public awareness and education of water contamination, explores possible new well sites, and performs plugging of abandon wells.
Please remember to call our office at 695-3846 to schedule a final reading which will generate a final billing on the next regular scheduled billing cycle.
How to Check For Leaks
Leaks unchecked can drip hundreds of gallons of water wastefully down the drain. A little detective work can catch these leaks easily. Check your toilets, faucets, outside taps and sprinkler systems.
Put 15 drops of food coloring in the tank of the toilet and do not flush the toilet. After one (1) hour, check the bowl and if the colored water leaked through to the bowl, there is a leak in the toilet.
Write down the numbers on your meter at night before you go to bed. Do not use any water. In the morning, check the meter again. If the numbers have advanced without using any water, there is a leak in the system and a plumber should be called.
Answers to other Frequently Asked Questions about Water Operations
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