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The Holland Board of Public Works 2016 Annual Report


Our Most Valuable Resouce

Our state is surrounded by water, but how much do you know about the water that comes out of your faucet? Tap into the happenings at the Holland Water Treatment Center, where our community receives safe, reliable water all year long. From production to transportation, our crews work diligently to get water to your homes and businesses.

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A Lifetime of Water

Jim Van De Wege has experienced more than a lifetime of public service. Jim is the third generation in his family to serve the Holland Board of Public Works (HBPW). His grandfather served in the maintenance department at the original power plant and his father was one of the original operators at the Holland water plant in 1957.

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Coats of Many Colors

The entire pipe gallery at the Holland Water Treatment Plant has a fresh coat of paint, totaling over 200,000 square feet of walls, ceilings, floors, piping and equipment. It took the crew of 20 painters around 60 days and over 2,000 gallons of paint to complete $450,000 the project.

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Passion for Clean Water

Joe Ortquist gets to go home from work knowing that 55,000 people have safe drinking water because of what he did. He is a Water Treatment Plant Operator for Holland Board of Public Works.

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Working for Water

Your morning routine may consist of a variety of items: a shower, brushing your teeth, a stop by the restroom and maybe some morning coffee. But none of these are possible without water. Heading up service and maintenance in water services at HBPW is Matt Johnson, who along with his team, helps to keep the water running in our community.

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Quality Water for Quality Products

Featuring everything from ketchup to pickles, Heinz products are likely a staple on your dinner table. What you might not know is that several of their brands are made right here in Holland. Heinz has been a valued part of the Holland community since 1869, originally producing pickles and vinegar.

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Brewing Consistency

Beer is a simple combination of water, grains, hops and yeast. Yet these ingredients offer an ever-growing list of varietals. Brewers also improvise with methods, timing and temperatures. The combinations are endless and popular, shown by Holland’s thriving craft beer scene and mass of homebrewers. Kirk Walter is a Holland resident and member of Brewers on the Lake.

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How It Works

Take a deep dive into the inner workings of our water treatment plant.

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