Where does the water used by Canton residents and businesses come from?
Canton Township purchases its water from the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD). The DWSD operates the largest water system in the State of Michigan and supplies water to roughly four million people. The primary water sources are Lake Huron and the Detroit River.

Raw water, that eventually makes it way to Canton, is drawn from a deep intake near Belle Isle, then filtered and treated at the Springwells water treatment plant in Detroit. DWSD then pumps the water 128 feet uphill to Canton and our neighboring communities using huge pumps and large diameter transmission lines.

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1. Where does the water used by Canton residents and businesses come from?
2. What are the current water rates?
3. What to do in the event of an emergency?
4. How do the water rates charged by the DWSD affect Canton?
5. What factors help to determine whether DWSD will raise water rates or maintain the current level?
6. How much of my water bill are the charges from DWSD?
7. Who in the township approves the rate increases?
8. What are the current water and sewer rates for Canton?
9. Why are my sewer charges more than my water charges?
10. How does the township determine my water and sewer usage?
11. My water meter is outside, why does the DPW serviceman need to come inside my home?
12. Why is my bill so high?
13. Why am I being charged fixed charges on my water and sewer bill?
14. What are the fixed water charges on my bill?
15. What are the fixed sewer charges on my bill?
16. What is the minimum bill for Canton Township?
17. How often will I receive my water bill?
18. What are my options for payment?
19. Is there a fee for online payment?
20. Can I make partial or extra payments on my water and sewer account?
21. What is the penalty for late payment?
22. What do I do if I am selling my home and need a final meter reading?
23. Can I have a separate meter for my outdoor irrigation system?
24. I think I have a leak in my water system, how do I know?
25. How much water can be lost from a leak?
26. How can I conserve water and reduce my water bill?