At least one resident petitioning for city water service is concerned about low water levels and water quality.
MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WZZM) - Water distribution in Muskegon County is expected to change now that Norton Shores and Fruitport have a tentative agreement to get water from Muskegon. And it's a decision that would have financial implications on the city of Muskegon Heights.
When residents of Norton Shores and Fruitport Township currently turn on their water, it's sent from a filtration plant owned by the city of Muskegon Heights.
For years city leaders in Norton Shores and Fruitport have feuded with Muskegon Heights leaders over the cost of water, so Norton Shores and Fruitport Township officials recently told muskegon heights officials they would get water somewhere else - the city of Muskegon. 70% of the water filtered by the Muskegon Heights plant currently go to Norton Shores and Fruitport.
Mark Meyers, the Norton Shores City Administrator says the tentative deal is expected to reduce the cost of water in Norton Shores. It will also leave the city of Muskegon Heights with a water filtration plant and not many customers. The city may have to charge their own residents more to keep the plant operational.
The agreement between Muskegon, Norton Shores, and Fruitport Township will start sometime in 2015.