The Village of Lawrence supplies water throughout the Village limits. Water originates from 3 wells; wells #1, 2, and 3. Water is treated and then pumped from the well stations to two water towers, located downtown and in the Lawrence Crandall Business Centre. Water is then dispersed from either tower throughout the village.
Our wastewater is collected at four sewage pump stations throughout the Village and then pumped to our wastewater settling lagoons located at the north end of the Village. Storm drainage, rainwater, snow melt are collected via a separate storm drain system that discharges into the County Drain system, to Brush Creek and the Paw Paw River.
We ask to all residents in the Village to not discharge basement ground water (via sump pump) collected water into household sewer lines. The sewage treatment center is sized only for sewage treatment, to which ground water does not apply. The processing of unnecessary groundwater stresses the overall system, thus increasing electric costs at the pumping stations.
Water & Sewer Costs
Monthly water and sewer rates effective Aug 1, 2016
- $ 18.53 monthly flat demand water fee, AKA Water Basic fee (“WB” on bill) / Previously $12.94 (2015), $12.56 (2014) from $10.01
- $ 13.26 monthly flat demand sewer fee, AKA Sewer Basic fee (“SB” on bill) / Previously $12.87 (2014), $10.01 (2010) from $8.67
- $ 4.45 per 1000 gallons for water, AKA Water Usage (“WA”on bill) / Previously $4.32 (2014), $3.41 (2010) from $3.25
- $ 4.92 per 1000 gallons for sewer, AKA Sewer Usage (“SA” on bill) / Previously $4.77 (2014), $3.16 (2010) from $3.10
All meters are read and billed monthly. The monthly water & sewer demand fees totaling $31.79 ($18.53 WB + $13.26 SB) are considered a quantity of 1 Residential Equivalent Unit (REU). High water users are charged multiple monthly REUs based on their annual measured water usage. Contact the Village office for further information on this calculation formula.
Water Reduction Meters Residents can purchase a separate water meter to meter water discharged into pools or gardens. This would allow the resident to deduct this metered use from the sewer charge portion of the bill since the water was not discharged into the Village sewer system. Information on the cost is on our permit webpage. Further information about Water Reduction Meters (aka minus meters) can be read here.
Water and sewer bills can be paid in person at the Village Hall during the hours of 9-5 Mon thru Fri (closed noon – 1 pm for lunch). Payments can also be dropped in the deposit box to the right of Village Hall door at anytime. Payments can also be mailed to PO Box 217, Lawrence, Michigan 49064. Acceptable forms of payment include, checks, cash or money orders. Payments can also be made online through a third party service at www.govpaynow.com. Be sure to specify the “payment location” for the Village of Lawrence which is #6269.
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Fire Hydrant Flushing
Twice per year the Lawrence Public Works crew will flush fire hydrants throughout the Village. This procedure helps clean out the water system from any settled fine particles in the water mains. Notification of any upcoming flushing will be on the back of water bills, posted at the Village Hall, and also posted on www.lawrencemi.org and the Village Facebook page. During this flushing period residents may detect some residual fines of rust and silt in their water, mainly detected as a slight film in toilets.