City of Ionia

Public Utilities

The City of Ionia Public Utilities Department oversees water supply, water distribution, and wastewater treatment operations. Our outstanding city staff is highly trained, and our facilities are regularly used for tours and training by the State of Michigan because of our commitment to excellence. 

Meet our Director of Public Utilities

Chris Kenyon, Director of Public UtilitiesChris Kenyon has been with the Department of Public Utilities for 42 years. Chris started as a wastewater treatment operator in 1979 and was appointed as director in January 1997. Chris holds a B, L1, A-1G, C-1C Distribution Water Certification,a D1 Limited Treatment Certification, and an S1 Distribution Water Certification.

Accomplishments. Chris is the National Director for the Michigan Rural Water Association and Treasurer for the National Rural Water Association, Small System Committee.

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday and holidays, 7 a.m. - 11 a.m.

720 Wells Street.
Ionia, Michigan 48846
Phone 616-523-0165
Fax 616-527-6002


If you think you have a leak, please check your meter before calling the City. Read instructions for checking your meter at the link below.

Hydrant Flushing

Hydrant flushing in the City of Ionia is performed in the spring and fall each year. When flushing occurs in your area, your water may become discolored. Thank you for your cooperation and attention in this matter. For more information, contact us at 616-523-0167.

Ionia Regional Utilities Authority (IRUA) Rules and Regulations

At the May 23, 2011 meeting, the Ionia Regional Utilities Authority (IRUA) Board of Trustees adopted rules and regulations which establish uniform requirements for the connection, use, operation, and maintenance of the IRUA wastewater treatment plant. View the IRUA Rules and Regulations at the link below.

IRUA Board of Trustees

City Council Representatives:

  • Dan Balice, Delegate / Troy Waterman, Alternate
  • John Milewski, II, Delegate / Tim Lee, Alternate
  • Gordon Kelley, Delegate / Janice Gustafson, Alternate
  • Precia Garland Delegate / Tom Millard, Alternate
Township Representatives:

  • Berlin Township: Bob Bennett / William Vaarberg, Alternate
  • Easton Township: Bill Patton / Don Rittersdorf, Alternate
  • Ionia Township: Kurt Scheurer / Vacant, Alternate
  • Orange Township: Thomas Green / Joshua First, Alternate

Documents and Links

Water and Sewer Rates

Our rates continue to be among the lowest in Michigan. A utility bill will be sent to you quarterly, every three months. Your bill is broken into sections to assist you with appropriately tracking costs. Effective July 1, 2020, the utility bill rates are as follows:

Commodity Charge
City Charge Per 1,000 Gallons
Water, $3.80
Sewer, $4.00

Township Charge Per 1,000 Gallons
Water, $5.70
Sewer, $4.00

Facilities Maintenance Charge
The City charges a facilities maintenance charge which assists in covering the cost of retiring outstanding debt on the water and sanitary sewer systems. These charges are billed based on a residential equivalent unit (REUs) with one REU equaling 22,000 gallons of usage.

City Charge (Per REU)
Water Facilities, $28.00
Sewer Facilities, $44.00

Township Charge (Per REU)
Water Facilities, $42.00
Sewer Facilities, $44.00

Fire Suppression Charge
The city levies a $500 fire suppression system charge per quarter for commercial customers with internal sprinkler fire suppression systems. This charge covers the cost of the city’s cross connection program and the readiness to serve charge for the water service line that feeds the sprinkler fire suppression system.

Water and Sewer Deposits

New residents or businesses must sign a Water / Sewer Contract at Ionia City Hall, 114 N. Kidd Street, Ionia, Michigan 48846. For more information, please contact us at 616-527-4170, ext. 5141. Deposits or fees must accompany this contract. The fees charged by the city are as follows:

  • For residents who rent property inside the city limits, there is a $120 water deposit, a $120 sewer deposit, along with a $4 application fee. The deposit is returned after you close out your service. Any remaining amount is deducted from this deposit with the remaining amount returned.
  • For residents who own property and live in that property, only a $4 application fee is required.
  • For Easton Township renters, there is a $120 water deposit, a $120 sewer deposit, along with the $4 application fee. The deposit is returned, less the amount of the final bill, when you close out your service.
  • For Sherwood Forest Modular Home Park residents, there is a $120 water deposit, a $120 sewer deposit, along with a $4 transfer fee. The deposit is applied to the final bill and the balance returned.
  • For South Ionia and Ionia Township home owners, there is a $4 application fee. For renters there is a $120 water deposit, and a $120 sewer deposit, along with the $4 application fee.
Moving. If you are planning on moving, please let us know as soon as possible so a final reading can be taken and a proper billing produced. If you are buying property, make sure that the final bill has been paid by the previous owner, prior to closing.

Water/Sewer Tap Fees

For water in the city, there is a $1,000 minimum tap fee. The tap fee is designed to cover the cost of cutting the roadway, placing the line on the main, installing the shut-off box behind the curb, and repairing the roadway. 

For sewer, there is a $1,500 tap fee.

New Businesses and Residents
If you are a new business or resident in Ionia and making a new tap on our water and sewer system, contact City Hall to arrange for the tap in. Phone 616-527-4170.

City Calendar

City of Ionia City Calendar

114 North Kidd Street Map
Post Office Box 496
Ionia, Michigan 48846
Phone 616-527-4170

Fax 616-527-0810

Business Hours:
Monday - Friday, 8:00a - 4:00p
(Holiday exception)


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