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MSU’s Wellhead Protection Program: Background Information
of MSU and its water supply wells
The MSU campus
is located in northwest Ingham County, Michigan. The campus occupies
approximately 8.19 square miles and is within the Red Cedar River
drainage basin. MSU has 18 Type I water supply wells located on
campus. All but one of the supply wells are located on the South
Campus (south of Mt. Hope Road).
Most of the
Mid-Michigan area gets its drinking water supply from the Saginaw
Formation. The Saginaw Formation is an important aquifer that in
general has a very high water quality. It consists of mostly sandstone
with interbedded shale, limestone, coal and gypsum. In most places
it is 100 - 200 feet thick.
of Supply/Distribution System
MSU's Infrastructure Planning and Facilities (IPF) provides water ultilities to campus
facilities. MSU is a groundwater-based public water supplier, and the
campus relies entirely on groundwater for its water supply needs.
Wells are completed at depths ranging from 285 to 435 feet. MSU
pumps approximately 4.0 million gallons per day on an average day
and has a maximum capacity of approximately 6.6 million gallons
per day. The water is delivered directly to facilities south of
Mt. Hope Road or to a central reservoir, where the water is treated
before being pumped to buildings north of Mt. Hope Road. Before
delivery to the Main Campus, the water is treated with fluoride,
chlorine, and phosphate. The water is then provided to the approximately
50,000 customers, approximately 17,500 of whom live on campus.
the quality of its water supply for a variety of potential contaminants
in accordance with state and federal regulations. IPF prepares an annual Water
Quality Report that provides key information about the quality
of MSU's water supply.
In 1993, MSU began its wellhead protection process by participating in a cooperative effort to delineate Wellhead Protection Areas (WHPAs) in the Tri-County area (Ingham, Clinton, and Eaton Counties). The Tri-County area delineations were performed by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in 1996. The MSU WHPA delineations were initially approved by the State of Michigan in 1999. Several updates to the delineations were completed to reflect the changing status of the water supply wells. The most recent delineation was completed and approved by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality in 2014.
Other Campus Environmental Protection Programs
The MSU Wellhead Protection Program reflects MSU's commitment to protect groundwater resources, and it is one of several ongoing efforts to protect the MSU campus and surrounding environment. For more information about these efforts, please visit:
MSU's Wellhead Protection Plan - Click on the link below to read about each of the seven state mandated elements.
WHPP: Roles and Responsibilities
Wellhead Protection Program