Water & Sewer Improvements
Department of Municipal Utilities
As the City continues to focus on the improvement of water systems, plans to implement a number of water and wastewater improvement projects in the near future.
In June 2021, the City Commission approved developing a Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) Project Plan. The Project Plan identified 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 $14,750,000 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.
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.
A total of $27.6 million in wastewater projects are called for over the next five years, the bulk of which – $14.5 million – is for upgrades at the wastewater treatment plant. The city is also targeting close to $15 million in repairs to its drinking water system, including its water treatment plant and distribution lines. As projects will kick off in 2022, the City will seek funding from state resources, state loans, and additional funding such as ARPA Funds, and bonding.