“We’re growing. It’s a slow growth due to the great recession,” Township Manager Bill Cargo said. “It slowed down in 2006, but it has really started to pick up.”
More specifically, township figures show that there were 76 new connections to the municipal water system last year. According to township data, since 1990, annual water usage has increased by nearly 409 million gallons — an average increase of about 18 million gallons per year.
Water connections in the township have increased 3,242 since 1990 — an average of about 141 new taps each year. Cargo noted that the rate of growth began to slow in 2006.
Cargo also noted that while the township still has few sewer connections compared to overall development, a trend has begun toward more — 24 new connections to the wastewater system last year.
“The Master Plan has sewer in the ground or in the ground for most areas planned for residential development and growth,” he said.
About 17 percent of the water system distributed to Grand Haven Township residents is collected by the municipal sewer system. The remaining 83 percent is treated by on-site septic systems.
Cargo noted that septic systems, along with other nitrates like fertilizers, can have a negative impact on local waterways.
“I think most studies have shown there’s less nitrogen going into the groundwater if you have municipal sewer as opposed to septic,” he said. “It does have an impact on our bayous and our other bodies of water.”
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