Register for Water Service: Transfer water service, add or remove tenants, or request to start new service using our Application for Water/Sewer Service Form.
Recurring Payment Plan: Set up a recurring payment that is automatically withdrawn from your checking or savings account each billing cycle.
Mailing Address Change: Need to change your mailing address for property taxes or water bills? Use our new online form to have your bills mailed to a different address.
New IVR phone payment system: The City now has an Interactive Voice Recorder (IVR) system. You can now make payments by calling (866) 873-9157. Payments can be made 24/7, independent of City Hall hours. You will need to have your account number (located on your water bill) handy when calling.
Visit our Water Safety & Reports page for information about water testing, quality, and reporting.
The City of Ferndale performs regular water sampling and testing in accordance with the Michigan Safe Drinking Water Act, and we continue to surpass water quality standards as mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ). The City provides comprehensive information about lead, chemicals, and other contaminants. For more information, see below.
Surpasses EPA water quality standards, per GLWA testing
The Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) oversees mandatory annual testing of each of their community water suppliers. Most recent testing, courtesy of the 2018 Consumers Annual Water Quality Report, shows levels that once again exceed regulation requirements and standards. To learn more about lead testing and water safety, view Lead and Your Water Supply: An Informational Guide.
Not detected in any water supply, per GLWA testing
The Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) oversees mandatory testing of their water supply to ensure that PFAS, or chemical perfluoroalkyl substances, are not present in community drinking water supplies. Most recent testing of water in five sources (Detroit-based Water Works Park, Springwells, and Northeast water treatment plants, Allen Park-based Southwest Water Treatment Plant, and Lake Huron), performed 2222, confirmed that PFAS was not detected at any level/in any water source. You can view the report for more information.
February 2019: The City of Ferndale learned from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (now EGLE) of the discovery of PFAS at the privately owned business property located at 1221 Farrow Street, Ferndale, identified as MacDermid, Inc.—a small chemical manufacturing and warehouse facility. Monitoring occurred at the bases of two former waste lagoons, and contamination appears limited to a small, perched zone of groundwater. The designation of this groundwater prevents it from being used as a drinking water source, and stormwater runoff from the contaminated area is captured and treated before discharge to the GLWA. Because this is a reportedly contained issue on private property, EGLE is working directly with the business/property owner(s) to excavate and re-sample. MDEQ recommended no community outreach at this time; the City has elected to publish this information in an effort to maintain transparency and information.
For more information, view the MDEQ report or contact the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy.
In previous years, charges for water and sewer consumption on your bill were allocated identically: (50% water / 50% sewer). However, the actual cost of providing water is significantly less than the cost of treating water.
As a result, the City has adjusted how water rates are allocated on a water bill to more accurately calculate the cost of providing the different services. Beginning July 1, 2015, charges for water and sewer consumption on your bill are allocated at 64% sewer and 36% water.
For example, if your total water bill was $200, your water & sewer costs would be allocated as such:
Sewer Fees: $128.00 (64% of total water bill costs)
Water Fees: $72.00 (36 % of total water bill costs)
Total: $200.00 (100% of total water bill costs)
Contact our Water Department in person, by email or by phone at:
City of Ferndale Water Billing
300 E. 9 Mile Rd.
Ferndale, MI 48220
Hours of Operation:
8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Residents and businesses are billed quarterly. If the first digit of your account number is:
1 - Your bill will be due in February, May, August, and November
2 - Your bill will be due in March, June, September, and December
3 - Your bill will be due in January, April, July, and October
Industrial properties are billed monthly.
Yes. As the landlord, you must call 248-546-2374 and give permission for the tenant to sign for the water service. Tenants may register for water service online by completing an online registration form.
Yes. If you are moving from your current property address, the best and fastest way to request your final bill is by using our online seamless form.
You can also receive a final bill by calling the Water Department at 248-546-2374 or stopping into the office, 300 E. Nine Mile Road, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday.
"Readiness to Serve" is the the fixed-rate cost applied to cover system maintenance, supporting customers and the portion of the Department of Public Works that is reserved for water. Every property where there is a water meter present and connected to the system is assessed a Readiness to Serve fee, whether its occupants are utilizing water or not.
The Sewer Usage Fee is a cost associated with cleaning (via the County's wastewater treatment facility) water. The cost of cleaning water is higher than the cost of receiving/using water, so the City multiplies each customer's incoming water usage (it's not possible to meter outgoing dirty water) by roughly 1.54—a predetermined number provided by the wastewater treatment center. This gives us the amount to charge for used water that will be cleaned.
The City is responsible for the stop box at the street and the water meter inside the home or business. The curb stop box refers to the enclosure which houses the actual valve that provides water service to residences and businesses on the adjacent street.
The property is responsible for maintenance on any pipe leading from the stop into the property as well as any piping inside the structure.
If your water pressure seems low, contact the DPW Water Department at 248-546-2514 to see if work is being performed in your area.
You may also contact Water Department Billing at 248-546-2374 to see if your service has been impacted or discontinued due to non payment.
View a comprehensive list of the permits you can apply for in Ferndale.