Rebuilding Pump 5 at Saginaw-Midland Municipal Water Supply Corporation (Source: Pumps & Systems)

Apr 18, 2024

By Michael Quinnell (LAN), and Dan Stickel (Saginaw-Midland Municipal Water Supply Corporation)

In the heart of the Great Lakes region, where access to high quality raw water is paramount, the Saginaw-Midland Municipal Water Supply Corporation (SMMWSC) is critical in delivering raw water to communities across mid-Michigan. Serving as a lifeline for the Michigan cities of Saginaw, Midland and Bay City (along with several others), SMMWSC helps ensure that more than 230,000 people have access to safe drinking water every day. Established in 1946, the SMMWSC raw water distribution system includes two deep water intakes, three pump stations and two parallel pipelines, each approximately 65 miles long and ranging in size from 48 to 72 inches in diameter. As it serves as a vital raw water supplier for the mid-Michigan region, SMMWSC leadership recently undertook a significant endeavor to rebuild Pump 5 at its Whitestone Pump Station.