The Utilities Department consists of the Water and Wastewater divisions.
The Water Division maintains 60 miles of water main, three water storage facilities, and two treatment plants, which has a combined capacity to treat and pump 5.28 millions Gallons Per Day (GPD) of water to City residents and businesses. An average of 1.4 million GPD are pumped. The plants also serve several residential and business customers in portions of neighboring Brighton, Genoa, and Hamburg Townships per established intergovernmental agreements. The Water Division is also responsible for the inspection of new water service taps/connections. It provides water to 4,000 separate billing accounts (residential and/or business combined), 650 fire hydrants, and approximately 1,500 valves.
The Wastewater Division maintains over 50 miles of sewer lines (which includes 45 miles of gravity sanitary sewer mains
and 8 miles of sanitary sewer force mains), 13 pumping stations and a treatment plant which receives and treats 1.4 million gallons of waste sewage daily from City residents and businesses. Like the water plants, it also serves several residential and business customers outside of the City, per established intergovernmental agreements. The Sewer Division provides sewer services to 2,992 separate billing accounts.
Maintenance personnel in the Water and Wastewater Divisions also provide significant crossover support for the City's Public Works Department on street maintenance and snow removal services.
Billing services and related customer service administration for new connections, meter reads/repairs and resolution of customer billing inquiries are provided by the City's Finance Department in coordination with the Utilities Division Superintendent, Department of Public Services Director, and City Manager.
2 iron removal plants—Pierce Street & Challis Road
- Pierce Street - 890 Gallons Per Minutes (GPM) and 1.28 GPD
- Challis Road - 2,780 GPM and 4 Million GPD
3 booster stations
- North Star Booster Station - fills the elevated North Start Tank
- Nelson Street & Summer Booster Stations - boost pressures for small areas of higher elevation
5 wells - 2 at Pierce Street & 3 at Challis Road
60 miles of water main
3 water storage facilities - Total Storage Volume of 1.62 million gallons
- Northstar Tower - 600,000 gallons
- Summit Standpipe - 770,000 gallons
- Pine Creek Storage Tank - 250,000 gallons
Water Treatment Includes:
Fluoridation and Phosphate for corrosion reduction and fluoridation
Tertiary Treatment Plant designed for 2.25 million gallons per day
Thirteen sewage pump stations
50 miles of gravity sanitary sewer mains
8 miles of sanitary sewer force mains
Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG)
Click here to see the City's FOG Informational Flier
An excellent video with educational information with background about FOG programs and managing commercial grease traps is located at https://tinyurl.com/us744ar