Serving the Residents of Mishawaka
Our division is very serious about our responsibility to protect the groundwater in our area. Our children and grandchildren must continue to benefit from the bountiful supply of fresh, clean drinking water we have come to enjoy and appreciate.
How can we help you?
In May 1874, 1,500 feet of water main was laid, extending from private water pumps installed by local manufacturing leaders to provide fire protection to the business district. Throughout that first year of operation, a number of groups visited Mishawaka to study our new waterworks operation.
In 1890, the Mishawaka Water Works Company was incorporated by private citizens and rented to the town. Its purpose was to provide running water to Mishawaka’s 3,000 residents, all of whom were relying on wells and cisterns for drinking water.
On April 3, 1903, the Mishawaka Public Utility Company was created. Today, we serve a population of over 50,000 residents. Our staff tests our city’s water quality 18,250 times every year (an average of 52 tests per day). Our most recent test results can be requested at our Business Office or viewed online.
We pump an average of 8 million gallons per day, with a capacity of 34 mgd and a peak summer demand of 23 mgd. Our 31 employees are involved in the construction and maintenance of 323 miles of water main, pumping groundwater from our 23 wells located in three well fields and treatment plants.
While owned by the City of Mishawaka, our efforts are not supported by tax dollars. We are a division of Mishawaka Utilities.
Drinking Water Quality Report
How good is Mishawaka water? The bottom line: Our water is safe to drink!
Mishawaka Utilities is proud of your water system and pleased to issue this Annual Drinking Water Quality Report for 2023. This report is a summary of the quality of our drinking water provided to the customers of our Water Division. In this report, you will find where your water comes from as well as data about your water quality. You will also learn where you can receive more information about your drinking water.
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Save Water and Energy Tips
Water is one of our most precious resources. Part of our mission is to educate the families of Mishawaka on how to preserve this resource.
- Use your automatic dishwasher and clothes washer for full loads only.
- Turn the water off while you brush your teeth.
- Keep a bottle of cold water in the refrigerator. This eliminates the need to run the tap water until it is cold enough to drink.
- Check your toilet for leaks by putting a few drops of food coloring in your tank. If the color shows up in the toilet bowl without flushing, you have a leak that is costing you money and wasting water.
- Take shorter showers. A shower uses about 6-10 gallons per minute. Time yourself!
- Use a broom instead of water to clean your driveways, patios and sidewalks.
- Don’t run the hose while washing your car. Instead, fill a bucket with soapy water and then rinse.
- Only water your lawn when necessary. If the grass springs back after you step on it, then it does not need to be watered.
- If you are a residential customer with an outside remote head attached to your meter, read both numbers twice each year to compare readings. If they do not agree, notify customer service.
- Recycle water from fish tanks. Use it to water plants. Fish emulsion is a good, inexpensive fertilizer high in nitrogen and phosphorous.
- Check your faucets for leaks today. Replace worn washers.
- When watering the lawn, avoid watering the house, sidewalk or street. Adjust sprinklers so only the lawn is watered.
- Never pour toxic chemicals down the drain, on the ground or in the trash. Choose natural household cleaners like borax, ammonia, vinegar and baking soda and recycle hazardous household waste at waste collection centers.
- Promote water conservation by watering trees and plants only once a week.
- Place a layer of mulch around trees and plants to retain water. There are more acres of garden lawn in America than any other crop!
- To protect groundwater, homeowners should go easy on using lawn chemicals and pesticides. On average, 50%-70% of household water is used outdoors for watering lawns and gardens. Homes with a well and a public supply must never connect the two systems.
To provide and protect our drinking water supply, ensuring our customers can expect fresh, clean drinking water that meets and exceeds standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency. We deliver our customers a bountiful supply of clean drinking water, enjoying one of the lowest water rates in Indiana. More than 100 years later, Mishawaka still has the best waterworks for the money in the country.