Birmingham purchases water from the Southeastern Oakland County Water Authority (SOCWA), which buys it from the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department.
The City's water system consists of approximately 99 miles of water mains. It includes approximately 700 hydrants and 2 elevated water-storage tanks. There are approximately 8,886 customers who receive water service from the City. This total is further subdivided into approximately 8,121 residential users and 765 commercial accounts.
Water System Security
In early February, 2021, a municipal water system in Florida announced an online hacker unsuccessfully attempted to take control of the water treatment system and alter the amount of a chemical that was added to the water during treatment. The City of Birmingham’s water suppliers, Southeastern Oakland County Water Authority (SOCWA) and Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA), have issued statements that can be found at bit.ly/bhamwater. Both SOCWA and GLWA recently completed the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Risk and Resilience Assessment and Emergency Response Plan. The City is confident its water partners are meeting safety protocols.
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