New Water Tower for Deckerville

The Village of Deckerville in Sanilac County’s Marion Township is one of those towns where it sometimes feels like time stands still. Not so this week. It’s out with the old and in with the new as the town upgrades its water service with a brand-new water tower. 

Village Supervisor Tracy Hoff told us that the village put the new tower into service around 9:30 a.m. on Thursday and water from the new tower is now flowing to the village’s 830 or so residents. 

In the meantime, crews were disassembling one of the old towers and will be working on the other one as soon as it is drained. The two old towers are over seventy years old and the repair bills looked to be over $700,000 to keep them up and running. The township applied for a grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and was awarded a $1.4 million grant in October of 2017. The money was used to build a new tower with a 300,000-gallon capacity that should meet the needs of the village.  The village had to match the grant with $140,000, which was a tremendous savings compared to the anticipated repairs needed for the antiquated towers.

Reporting for WGRT, Karly Hurley.