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City Wastewater Department


Wastewater Treatment Plant


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The Otsego Wastewater Treatment Plant is a "trickling filter" process plant. The plant was originally built in 1954 and 1955 and was recently renovated and expanded in 1989 and 1990. The plant's maximum treatment capacity is 750,000 gallons of wastewater a day. Currently, the plant is treating between 300,000 and 400,000 gallons daily.

The Wastewater Treatment Department's Mission Statement is "to protect the receiving waters of the Kalamazoo River by producing a clean effluent while operating the facility in the most effective and economical manner possible."

Wastewater Superintendent Luke Keyzer wishes to extend an invitation to any person or group that would like to tour the facility. Please call (269) 694-9194 to make arrangements.


Water Resources


Water is one of our most valuable resources. We need to protect our water resources, both groundwater and surface water (lakes and streams). The City of Otsego has identified its wellhead protection area for the City's well field in Brookside Park. The cooperation of both business and residents in the area is necessary to protect the groundwater supply.

The Kalamazoo River was, is, and will continue to be a valuable water resource. We can all help to protect and restore the river's natural beauty. Storm water and runoff are now the major sources of pollution to most rivers. We can reduce storm water pollution by keeping our streets, curbs and gutters free of debris. Properly disposing of hazardous household chemicals and eliminating the spilling or pouring of chemicals on our lawns, driveways and roads will reduce pollution of our water resources.