USDA RD Water System Improvements


The Village of Mesick had a couple of old wells, built in the 1940s, that had surpassed their life expectancy. The Village’s water tower and parts of the water distribution system also needed repairs and upgrades.

With the help of a USDA RD loan, Mesick was able to replace two municipal wells, build a new wellhouse, secure a new generator, repair and repaint its water tower, replace old water main and add water main extensions to some new customers.

F&V assisted the Village in its funding application to USDA Rural Development (RD), prepared the preliminary engineering report and coordinated the environmental review. The project included replacing two eight-inch wells with 12-inch ones and constructing a new state-of-the-art wellhouse.

Undersized watermains were replaced in the project and new eight-inch water main was installed on three streets. All watermain was installed by the directional drilling, limiting the impact on residents. An additional 1,000 feet of water line was extended for future growth using a surplus of contingency funds.

Repairing and repainting the water storage tank, which had rust and corrosion inside and out, is adding years to the tank’s life expectancy for the Village’s 500 residents. Repainting the water tower also improved the skyline in Michigan’s Mushroom Capital as it was repainted using the colorful Mesick name and public high school logo.