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Frozen Water Emergency

Update: Governor Snyder has declared a state of emergency in Marquette County due to the extreme weather conditions here. This declaration may help make possible some much needed assistance to cope with the extraordinary challenges the City of Ishpeming has experienced fighting the impact of the cold weather on underground water and sewer lines. Thank you to all the County and State officials who helped secure the declaration.

Updated Notice: Do to the extreme cold weather this winter that has resulted in numerous water main breaks and service line let runs, the Negaunee/Ishpeming Water Authority’s Water Treatment Facility will be operating wells that have a noticeable straw water color to keep up with system demands. Residents may notice an increase in straw water color at their household taps. This increase in color is not harmful and the water is safe for consumption. If you have any questions, contact Tony McGrath, Authority Manager at 486-8399.

Original Notice: Due to the prolonged, extreme cold weather, water mains and service lines have been freezing in various places throughout the City and surrounding areas. If you are not able to run tap water in your home or business, and have not already done so, please call DPW at 486-9371. If no one answers, please leave a message with your name, address, and a day-time phone number. Your call will be addressed as soon as possible. The City crews are working 12 hour shifts, seven days per week to thaw frozen lines and conduct other necessary work, such as snow plowing, repairing broken mains, etc. We have hired contractors to assist.

This problem may get worse before it gets better because frost tends to drive deeper, even if outside temperatures warm up considerably. We ask for your patience during this situation.

If you need water, DPW will provide gallon jugs upon request. You have to go to DPW between 7 am and 3 pm Monday through Friday to obtain the water. Bring clean containers if you have them. If you do not have any, we will provide them to you. If you feel you are in any immediate danger from lack of water or the extreme cold, please call 911 and ask for assistance.


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Registration Notice: School Election on May 6, 2014

The Ishpeming School Board has requested an election on May 6, 2014 to obtain voter approval of bond proposals for building and site purposes. The full text of the ballot proposal may be obtained at the administrative office of the Ishpeming Public School District no. 1 located at 319 East Division Street, Ishpeming, MI. The City Clerk will be available at City Hall between 10 am and 5 pm on Monday, April 7, 2014 for the purpose of receiving applications for registration from the qualified electors in the City of Ishpeming


Welcome to the official website for the City of Ishpeming!

The City of Ishpeming is located in Marquette County in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  It is south and west of the City of Marquette and directly west of Negaunee.  The City of Ishpeming is 1,400 feet above sea level.  Our current population is about 6,600.

Ishpeming’s history is rooted in the discovery of Iron Ore during the 1840′s. In 1846, an Indian named Madji-Gesick led explorer, Philo Everett, to a shining mountain. What Everett found was a mountain of ore measuring 180 feet high and 1,000 feet wide. This historic spot was named Jasper Knob–known today as the World’s Largest Gemstone.

Up until 1862, this area was referred to as The Lake Superior Location, but the settlers saw it fit to give the City an official name. Translating the Chippewa Indian name for “on the summit”, the settlers gave the name of ISHPEMING to the newly formed City. The name proved to be fitting for a City that is situated upon the dividing ridge between the waters of Lake Superior and Lake Michigan and 850 feet above Lake Superior.





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