DWSD Public Hearing for Water Main Replacement FY22 Drinking Water Revolving Fund (DWRF) Project
DETROIT WATER AND SEWERAGE DEPARTMENT NOTICE
PUBLIC HEARING FOR WATER MAIN REPLACEMENT
FY22 DRINKING WATER REVOLVING FUND (DWRF) PROJECT
The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) announces a Public Hearing regarding its Project Plan for proposed Water Main Replacement in the City of Detroit. DWSD will be seeking low interest Drinking Water Revolving Fund (DWRF) loan assistance for FY2022. These projects are comprised of replacing aging water main in the Midtown, Cultural Center, and Medical Center neighborhoods in the City of Detroit WS-725 (Project B) and Full Lead Service Line Replacements (FLSLR) at Various Locations throughout the City of Detroit WS-721 (Project A). Construction will include excavation of existing water mains, installation of new pipes, rehabilitation of pipes, replacement of lead service lines between the water main and the water meter, pressure testing, backfill, and right-of-way. The impact of the project will be improved customer satisfaction and safe, reliable service delivery of potable water to customers. The temporary impact of construction activities will be minimized through mitigation measures specified in the contract documents. The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes & Energy’s (EGLE) acceptance of the City of Detroit as economically disadvantaged may allow this Project A WS-721 to be funded through a grant; which would result in minimal to no impact on user rates. Full lead service line replacements benefit the public health and safety. Adverse impacts on historical, archaeological, geographic, or cultural areas are not expected. This project is necessary to ensure that DWSD will consistently and reliably provide high quality potable water to the residents. The Project Plan consists of a single project in critical need of water main replacement or rehabilitation. The total cost of this project is currently estimated at approximately $11 million for Project A and $18.3 Million for Project B; a total of $29.3 million; which is being sought through the DWRF program. The Water Main Replacement/Rehabilitation and Lead Service Line Replacement projects are eligible for participating under the State of Michigan low interest DWRF loan program.
The Public Hearing will present a description of the recommended projects, estimated costs, as well as the cost per household impact for customers. The typical residential customer bill in the City of Detroit is calculated to increase by not more than approximately 1.08% assuming that low interest loans can be obtained through the DWRF loan program; however the current rate structure will cover the cost. The purpose of the hearing is not only to inform, but to seek and gather input from people that will be affected. Comments and viewpoints from the public are encouraged.
THE PUBLIC HEARING WILL BE DURING THE BOARD OF WATER COMMISSIONERS MEETING ON:
DATE: Wednesday, May 19, 2021
As of the date of this notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Detroit Health Department emergency order, the meeting will be virtually.
PLACE: Virtual Meeting
TIME: 2:00 p.m.
Information on the Project Plan is available for review at the following locations:
City Website as listed in the document below
By email request to Monica Daniels: [email protected]. Due to the pandemic emergency health orders, this document is not available in-person.
If you have questions or want to submit written statements for the Public Hearing Record, call or write:
Call: Monica Daniels at (313) 938-7912
Email: Monica Daniels at [email protected]
Detroit Water and Sewerage Department
735 Randolph, 7th Floor
Detroit, MI 48226
Written comments will be accepted at the above address if received prior to 2:00 p.m. EST, Wednesday, May 19, 2021.
If any member of the public wants to speak during public comment, you must email [email protected] prior to 2:00 p.m. on the date of the meeting with your name, the phone number you will be using to call in, if you plan to provide your comment during this hearing and/or during the Board of Water Commissioners public comment period at the same meeting, and a brief description of comments. Your phone number will not be revealed to anyone else dialing into the meeting. OR If you do not want to leave your phone number, you may email your comments to [email protected] prior to 2:00 p.m. and your comments will be read into the record at the Board meeting during public comment.
City of Detroit, Water and Sewerage Department
Gary Brown, Director