City of Saginaw MI -

The laboratory operates seven days a week from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. The laboratory is staffed by a Chemist and two Lab Technicians.

There are a variety of analyses done by the laboratory personnel on a daily basis to monitor water quality. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) require analyses be done on the Influent and Effluent water for the following parameters: Suspended Solids, BOD 5 (five day Biochemical Oxygen Demand), Dissolved Oxygen, Fecal Coliform, Phosphorus, pH (hydrogen ion) and Ammonia Nitrogen. All of these tests are done to ensure the plant meets the discharge parameter limits set by the MDEQ and EPA in its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit.

Other analyses are done in addition to what is required. Monitoring of Industrial Pollutants is also important. Testing is performed on a bi-weekly basis to detect contaminants such as cadmium, chromium, copper, cyanide, iron, lead, mercury, nickel, silver, zinc, phenol, oils, greases and poly-chlorinated bi-phenyls (PCB's).

Major Daily Tests

Test NPDES Permit Limit Actual Discharge 2012
Suspended Solids30 mg/L 5.3 mg/L
BOD 30 mg/L 7.2 mg/L
Dissolved Oxygen 3.0 mg/L 6.5 mg/L
Fecal Coliform 200/100 ml 45/100 ml
Phosphorus 0.75 mg/L 0.39 mg/L
pH 6.5 to 9.0 7.1
Ammonia Nitrogen5.0 mg/L0.4 mg/L

Wastewater Microbiology


Enhanced Law Enforcement Response to Victims Initiative:

The Saginaw Police Department is one of only three law enforcement agencies in the country that has been selected to participate in a unique program designed to help reduce crime, support victims, and enhance public safety. We ask that the residents of Saginaw participate in this anonymous survey being conducted by Saginaw Valley State University. Your participation will help the City of Saginaw Police Department expand its capacity to meet the needs of crime victims, and broaden those services where a need is indicated. This short survey is available online at the following button:

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How to pre apply for a water utility account:

Pre application instructions can be found here:

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