Water & Sewer Improvements
Department of Municipal Utilities
As the City continues to focus on the improvement of water systems, five year project plans for drinking water and clean water (wastewater) have been developed resulting in $48 million investment.
The City Commission's 2022 adopted their Goals and Objectives identified water systems as a strategic priority with a goal to proactively and consistently maintain, conserve, and manage water and water systems to reduce harm to the systems themselves as well as public health and safety.
Drinking Water State Revolving Fund
In June 2021, the City Commission approved developing a Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) Project Plan. The Project Plan identifies improvements to the Water Treatment Plant, the Distribution System, and projects related to aging infrastructure, water quality, and improved treatment of efficiency and electrical energy reduction. The total estimated cost of potential improvements is $20,261,500 over a 5 year period.
The total estimated cost of potential improvements is $20,261,500 over a 5 year period. EGLE provides a low-interest loan financing program to assist qualified municipalities with the construction or upgrade of drinking water infrastructure.
Clean Water State Revolving Fund
The Project Plan for the City of Traverse City Wastewater Improvements Program has been prepared using the Project Plan Preparation Guidance of the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) Administrative Rules.
The Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) Project Plan was a result of conditions found during recent Stormwater, Asset Management, and Wastewater System (SAW) Programs, and other evaluations completed. Several of the sanitary sewer collection system projects are needed to ensure the sanitary collection system and Wastewater Treatment Plant operates properly. Inflow and Infiltration (I&I) and Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSOs) that have were also considered with the project plan. The total estimated cost of potential improvements is $28,734,260 over a 5 year period.
Water Reliability Study
The City also conducted a Water Reliability Study in 2021. The existing and future demands for the projected 5-year and 20-year conditions demonstrate that the current maximum demand can be met by the firm water supply capacity (19.7 mgd) of the Water Treatment Plant, but the 20-year maximum daily demand will be approaching the firm water supply capacity.
Approximlately $28.5 million in Clean Water (wastewater) projects are being planned over the next five years, the bulk of which – $17 million – is for upgrades at the wastewater treatment plant.
The City is also targeting over $20 million in repairs to its Drinking Water (water) system over the next years, including its water treatment plant and distribution lines.
The DWSRF and the CWSRF projects are being funded by State Revolving Fund (SRF) low-interest loans (1.85%). For the first year, 30% of the DWSRF loan and 15% of the CWSRF loan will be forgiven through grants from the state.
At their August 15, 2022 meeting, the City Commission approved up to $8 million in bonds for year 1 in drinking and clean water project plans. The DWSRF Project Plan received approval for up to $4.5 million in bonds for the Boardman River Wall Sanitary Sewer Relocation Project. The CWSRF Project Plan received approval for up to $3.5 million in bonds for the Service Line Replacement Project.