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Hillsdale Board of Public Utilities

Hillsdale Board of Public Utilities Since 1892, the Hillsdale Board of Public Utilities has been the municipally owned and operated provider of electric, water and wastewater services to the City of Hillsdale and its outlying areas.

Operating as usual

03/01/2022

Making a move? Whether you’re a homeowner, tenant or landlord, BPU makes it easy to transfer power to your new address. Just give our friendly customer service staff a call at 517-437-3387, M-F 7:30a-4p.

#PublicPower #PoweringHillsdale

02/17/2022

IMPORTANT WEATHER ANNOUNCEMENT:

With the current flooding we are experiencing, there are several locations in our service area where rising floodwaters have come into contact with BPU transformers and other electrical equipment. It is extremely important that you avoid these flooded areas, as the equipment is energized and could potentially cause harm to anyone that comes into contact with the water.

Our crews are responding to locations where this has been reported to attempt to alleviate some of the flooding around equipment where possible.

Please be aware that it is possible that some basements could flood given the amount of water pooling in some locations. Make sure to check your basement frequently. If water in your basement is approaching the height of your wall outlets, you need to shut off power at the breaker and report it to us.

Our emergency line is 1-844-427-8633. Please report all utility-related emergencies to this line, DO NOT call our office. This is the quickest, most efficient way to notify our crews of any issues.

WCSR | Hillsdale Board of Public Utilities | Radio Free Hillsdale 101.7 WRFH Members

We still need your help…We’re in the process of updating customer phone numbers, and we want to be sure that we have you...
02/14/2022

We still need your help…

We’re in the process of updating customer phone numbers, and we want to be sure that we have your current number on file.

If you wouldn’t mind, please give us a call today so we can verify the phone number associated with your account.

This helps ensure a faster, more efficient response should you call our emergency line to report a power outage.

Born this day in 1847, one of the greatest visionaries of the 19th century! #PublicPower
02/11/2022

Born this day in 1847, one of the greatest visionaries of the 19th century! #PublicPower

One of the most prolific inventors of all time, Thomas Edison had a tremendous influence on modern life, contributing inventions such as the incandescent light bulb, the phonograph, and the motion picture camera, as well as improving the telegraph and telephone.

02/10/2022

WATER MAIN BREAK UPDATE: We have now closed E Hallett Street between S West Street and S Manning Street to traffic while crews continue to make repairs. Please seek an alternate route.

02/10/2022

UPDATE: The original reported location of the water main break was incorrect. We have updated this post with the correct location. We apologize for any confusion.

***

Crews are responding to a water main break on East Hallett Street. Until further notice, please avoid the area of East Hallett Street between South West Street and South Manning Street to give our crews space to work.

We will keep you updated on the status of repairs.

Since Hillsdale County will likely see some severe winter weather Wednesday and Thursday, we want to remind you that if ...
02/02/2022

Since Hillsdale County will likely see some severe winter weather Wednesday and Thursday, we want to remind you that if you need to report a power outage or other utility-related emergency you should call our emergency number, 1-844-427-8633, NOT our office line. This will ensure that your outage is known to our electric crews in the field and will be resolved as quickly as possible.

01/31/2022
NWS Northern Indiana Weather Briefing - January 31st, 2022.

ALERT: A Winter Storm Watch has been issued for our area from 10:00PM Tuesday, Feb. 1, to 8:00PM Thursday, Feb. 3.

Check out this briefing from the US National Weather Service Northern Indiana regarding the winter storm that will affect our area. Initial snow accumulations late Tuesday night through Wednesday night of 6-12 inches with locally higher amounts are possible. Additional heavy snow is possible on Thursday. The combination of heavy snow accumulations and gusty north to northeast winds to 25 to 30 MPH will create very dangerous travel conditions.

BPU personnel will be closely monitoring the situation and are prepared to respond in the the event of any power outages.

We encourage our customers to pay attention to weather reports. Tune in to WCSR 92.1 FM for local closures and weather information.

Additionally, we recommend reviewing the following protective actions you should take to prepare for a possible #WinterStorm:https://www.ready.gov/sites/default/files/2020-11/winter-storm_information-sheet.pdf

Tired of waiting for your monthly utility bill to show up in your mailbox?There's a faster, more efficient way to stay o...
01/21/2022

Tired of waiting for your monthly utility bill to show up in your mailbox?

There's a faster, more efficient way to stay on top of your bills.

Did you know that we offer a paperless e-Billing option? Sign up today and get your next monthly bill delivered straight to your inbox!

With e-Billing, you can:
• View your bill as soon as it’s ready 📧
• Still pay however you like, including in-person or using our online options 💲
• Reduce paper waste, helping the environment ♻️

SIGN UP NOW: www.cityofhillsdale.org/bpu/webform/ebill-request

01/19/2022

UTILITY WORKER SCAMS

We have received reports that an individual pretending to be a BPU employee has showed up to several homes in Hillsdale this week, asking to view the resident's utility bill to supposedly show them ways they can save on energy costs. This is a scam attempt and we urge our customers to be on guard for scam artists posing as utility workers.

The City of Hillsdale Police Department has been notified and is looking into the matter.

To be clear, BPU employees will never come to your home seeking any personal or financial information, or asking to look at your utility bills. Most visits from BPU workers will be regularly scheduled or requested by the customer. If you believe you have been contacted by a utility worker who may be an imposter, immediately report it to the police and call us at (517) 437-3387.

By working together to alert the community, we can reduce the number of these incidents and keep our community safe.

We still need your help…We’re in the process of updating customer phone numbers, and we want to be sure that we have you...
01/19/2022

We still need your help…

We’re in the process of updating customer phone numbers, and we want to be sure that we have your current number on file.

If you wouldn’t mind, please give us a call today so we can verify the phone number associated with your account.

This helps ensure a faster, more efficient response should you call our emergency line to report a power outage.

Today is #NationalMichiganDay! We're honored to serve our community in this great state. Check out some fun facts about ...
01/18/2022

Today is #NationalMichiganDay! We're honored to serve our community in this great state. Check out some fun facts about Michigan from our friends at American Municipal Power, Inc..

Happy National Michigan Day to our members in the “The Great Lakes State!” Celebrate the day with these fun facts from AMP.

#NationalMichiganDay #MichiganDay
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01/07/2022

The boil water notice issued Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022, for the following address has been lifted as of Thursday, Jan. 7, 2022:

*62, 64, and 67 College St.
*84 and 104 McClellan St.

The required bacteriological tests came back clear, meaning these addresses no longer need to boil water for cooking or consumption.

01/06/2022

UPDATE: BPU crews successfully repaired the broken water main at 55 S. Norwood Ave. last night. Restoration work continued this morning, and as of 1 p.m. this afternoon South Norwood Avenue between Bacon Street and South Street has been completely reopened to both lanes of traffic.

01/05/2022

BPU crews have been dispatched to a water main break located at 55 South Norwood Avenue, between Bacon Street and South Street. Crews are working to make repairs, but at this time we are asking the public to please avoid the area, if possible. We will announce when the area has been reopened to traffic. Thank you.

01/05/2022

The US National Weather Service Northern Indiana has issued a wind advisory for Hillsdale County in effect until 10PM this evening.

Southwest winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 45 mph expected.

Gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects. Tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages may result.

Use extra caution when driving, especially if operating a high profile vehicle. Secure any loose outdoor objects.

We are monitoring weather conditions and are prepared to act quickly to restore power, should any outages result.

Remember, if you have an outage or utility-related emergency, please call 844-427-8633 to report it.

01/04/2022

***UPDATE: This boil water notice has been lifted, effective Jan. 7, 2022.***

BOIL WATER NOTICE: On Tuesday January 4, 2022, BPU crews working to repair a sewer line damaged the water main in the area of College and McClellan Streets. To fix the water main, water had to be shut off and this means we need to issue a boil water notice for the following addresses:

*62, 64, and 67 College St.
*84 and 104 McClellan St.

The boil notice will be in effect for as little as 48 hours or until two consecutive bacteriological samples come back clear. We will distribute doorhangers, contact our local radio station, and put information on our website and social media when this notice is terminated.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.

01/03/2022

Did you know that more home fires occur during the winter months than any other time of the year? 🏠🔥

Heating equipment is the second leading cause of home fires in the United States, with more than 65,000 home fires attributed to heating equipment each year. 🔌

Check out this infographic to learn how to heat your home during the colder months without jeopardizing your safety. ⬇️

#WinterSafetyTips #ElectricalSafety #FirePrevention

Want to save time and reduce clutter?Switch to e-Billing today!We'll notify you by email when your bill is ready. You ca...
12/22/2021

Want to save time and reduce clutter?

Switch to e-Billing today!

We'll notify you by email when your bill is ready. You can still pay however you like.

If you're ready to go paperless, just fill out this simple form on our website and you'll see your next bill in your inbox instead of your mailbox.

📧 e-Bill Request Form: https://www.cityofhillsdale.org/bpu/webform/ebill-request

We still need your help…We’re in the process of updating customer phone numbers, and we want to be sure that we have you...
12/21/2021

We still need your help…

We’re in the process of updating customer phone numbers, and we want to be sure that we have your current number on file.

If you wouldn’t mind, please give us a call today so we can verify the phone number associated with your account.

This helps ensure a faster, more efficient response should you call our emergency line to report a power outage.

As we continue sharing winter safety tips every Monday, today we want to talk about portable generators – and the danger...
12/21/2021

As we continue sharing winter safety tips every Monday, today we want to talk about portable generators – and the danger they pose when used incorrectly. ⚡

The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that 50% of all portable generator-related carbon monoxide deaths occur during the winter months (November through February). We encourage you to take the time to learn how to safely install and operate a portable generator now, rather than wait for a winter storm that causes power outages. 🌩️

Check out the infographic below to learn more. ⬇️

#WinterSafetyTips #ElectricalSafety #StormSafety

Announcing our 2021 Best Decorated Home & Business Contest winners! 🎁 Congratulations to the winners, and thank you to e...
12/20/2021

Announcing our 2021 Best Decorated Home & Business Contest winners! 🎁 Congratulations to the winners, and thank you to everyone who took the time to enter our contest.

Best Decorated Homes:

1st Place - 1255 Hideaway Lane
2nd Place - 158 S. West Street
3rd Place - 92 S. Wolcott Street

Best Decorated Businesses:

1st Place - Ten on the Table, 73 N. Howell Street
2nd Place - Trevathan's Sweep and Sew Shoppe LLC, 45 N. Broad Street
3rd Place - Hillsdale CASA, INC. - Child Advocates, 36 North Howell Street

If you didn't win, or missed out on entering the contest, we hope you'll consider participating again next year! 🎄

View all of this year's contest entries here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?vanity=CityofHillsdaleBPU&set=a.230144629256441

Hillsdale Board of Public Utilities' 2021 Best Decorated Home & Business Contest

🎄 Vote for your favorite home and business by liking the photo(s)! 🎄

Voting closes at 11:59 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 19.

⭐ Winners will be announced on Monday, Dec. 20. ⭐

12/16/2021

REMINDER: The wind advisory remains in effect until 4 p.m. this afternoon.

If you see any downed tree limbs or wires, or experience a power outage, please call 844-427-8633 to report it.

12/15/2021

The US National Weather Service Northern Indiana has issued a wind advisory for Hillsdale County in effect from 7 p.m. this evening to 4 p.m. Thursday.

Southwest winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph expected.

Gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects. Tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages may result.

Use extra caution when driving, especially if operating a high profile vehicle. Secure outdoor objects and holiday decorations.

We are monitoring weather conditions and are prepared to act quickly to restore power, should any outages result.

Remember, if you have an outage or utility-related emergency, please call 844-427-8633 to report it.

We still need your help…We’re in the process of updating customer phone numbers, and we want to be sure that we have you...
12/14/2021

We still need your help…

We’re in the process of updating customer phone numbers, and we want to be sure that we have your current number on file.

If you wouldn’t mind, please give us a call today so we can verify the phone number associated with your account.

This helps ensure a faster, more efficient response should you call our emergency line to report a power outage.

Address

45 Monroe Street
Hillsdale, MI
49242

Opening Hours

Monday 10am - 4pm
Tuesday 10am - 4pm
Wednesday 10am - 4pm
Thursday 10am - 4pm
Friday 10am - 4pm

Telephone

+15174373387

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Making a move? Whether you’re a homeowner, tenant or landlord, BPU makes it easy to transfer power to your new address. Just give our friendly customer service staff a call at 517-437-3387, M-F 7:30a-4p. #PublicPower #PoweringHillsdale
IMPORTANT WEATHER ANNOUNCEMENT: With the current flooding we are experiencing, there are several locations in our service area where rising floodwaters have come into contact with BPU transformers and other electrical equipment. It is extremely important that you avoid these flooded areas, as the equipment is energized and could potentially cause harm to anyone that comes into contact with the water. Our crews are responding to locations where this has been reported to attempt to alleviate some of the flooding around equipment where possible. Please be aware that it is possible that some basements could flood given the amount of water pooling in some locations. Make sure to check your basement frequently. If water in your basement is approaching the height of your wall outlets, you need to shut off power at the breaker and report it to us. Our emergency line is 1-844-427-8633. Please report all utility-related emergencies to this line, DO NOT call our office. This is the quickest, most efficient way to notify our crews of any issues. WCSR | Hillsdale Board of Public Utilities | Radio Free Hillsdale 101.7 WRFH Members
We still need your help… We’re in the process of updating customer phone numbers, and we want to be sure that we have your current number on file. If you wouldn’t mind, please give us a call today so we can verify the phone number associated with your account. This helps ensure a faster, more efficient response should you call our emergency line to report a power outage.
Born this day in 1847, one of the greatest visionaries of the 19th century! #PublicPower
WATER MAIN BREAK UPDATE: We have now closed E Hallett Street between S West Street and S Manning Street to traffic while crews continue to make repairs. Please seek an alternate route.
UPDATE: The original reported location of the water main break was incorrect. We have updated this post with the correct location. We apologize for any confusion. *** Crews are responding to a water main break on East Hallett Street. Until further notice, please avoid the area of East Hallett Street between South West Street and South Manning Street to give our crews space to work. We will keep you updated on the status of repairs.
Since Hillsdale County will likely see some severe winter weather Wednesday and Thursday, we want to remind you that if you need to report a power outage or other utility-related emergency you should call our emergency number, 1-844-427-8633, NOT our office line. This will ensure that your outage is known to our electric crews in the field and will be resolved as quickly as possible.
ALERT: A Winter Storm Watch has been issued for our area from 10:00PM Tuesday, Feb. 1, to 8:00PM Thursday, Feb. 3. Check out this briefing from the US National Weather Service Northern Indiana regarding the winter storm that will affect our area. Initial snow accumulations late Tuesday night through Wednesday night of 6-12 inches with locally higher amounts are possible. Additional heavy snow is possible on Thursday. The combination of heavy snow accumulations and gusty north to northeast winds to 25 to 30 MPH will create very dangerous travel conditions. BPU personnel will be closely monitoring the situation and are prepared to respond in the the event of any power outages. We encourage our customers to pay attention to weather reports. Tune in to WCSR 92.1 FM for local closures and weather information. Additionally, we recommend reviewing the following protective actions you should take to prepare for a possible #WinterStorm:https://www.ready.gov/sites/default/files/2020-11/winter-storm_information-sheet.pdf
We accept a variety of payment options to make it easier for you to pay your bill on time. Are you familiar with all the different ways you can pay? To learn more about our payment options, visit our website: https://www.cityofhillsdale.org/bpu/page/payment-options
Tired of waiting for your monthly utility bill to show up in your mailbox? There's a faster, more efficient way to stay on top of your bills. Did you know that we offer a paperless e-Billing option? Sign up today and get your next monthly bill delivered straight to your inbox! With e-Billing, you can: • View your bill as soon as it’s ready 📧 • Still pay however you like, including in-person or using our online options 💲 • Reduce paper waste, helping the environment ♻️ SIGN UP NOW: www.cityofhillsdale.org/bpu/webform/ebill-request
UTILITY WORKER SCAMS We have received reports that an individual pretending to be a BPU employee has showed up to several homes in Hillsdale this week, asking to view the resident's utility bill to supposedly show them ways they can save on energy costs. This is a scam attempt and we urge our customers to be on guard for scam artists posing as utility workers. The City of Hillsdale Police Department has been notified and is looking into the matter. To be clear, BPU employees will never come to your home seeking any personal or financial information, or asking to look at your utility bills. Most visits from BPU workers will be regularly scheduled or requested by the customer. If you believe you have been contacted by a utility worker who may be an imposter, immediately report it to the police and call us at (517) 437-3387. By working together to alert the community, we can reduce the number of these incidents and keep our community safe.
We still need your help… We’re in the process of updating customer phone numbers, and we want to be sure that we have your current number on file. If you wouldn’t mind, please give us a call today so we can verify the phone number associated with your account. This helps ensure a faster, more efficient response should you call our emergency line to report a power outage.