Public Hearing for Jefferson Chalmers Water Main Replacement

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Detroit Board of Water Commissioners will have its April meeting on Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 2 p.m. virtually (see details below). This will also be a public hearing on the Proposed Fiscal Year 2021 Rates and the Drinking Water Revolving Fund Project.

Detroit Board of Water Commissioners 

April 2020 Meeting 

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

2:00 p.m.

Virtual meeting call-in information:
855-552-4463 (Toll Free) or 206-462-5569

Meeting ID: 7759 68 1050

If any member of the public would like to speak during public comment, they must email [email protected] prior to 2:00 p.m. with their name, the phone number they will be using to call in 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.



DWSD has identified one project area for pipe replacement or rehabilitation, WS-713 known as Jefferson Chalmers (referred to throughout this report as Jefferson Chalmers), that is in critical need of addressing the repeated water main breaks. DWSD has also retained the services of a consulting engineering firm to provide Capital Improvement Program Management. A centerpiece of the CIP is the development of a Capital Improvement Program Management Organization (CIPMO), which coordinates and executes capital project planning and implementation across multiple agencies responsible for infrastructure and community development.

Identification of capital improvements for two pilot areas was previously undertaken to establish the process by which capital planning and project implementation will occur across the City, including the Jefferson Chalmers neighborhood. Under the CIP, planning work to renew and rehabilitate the water infrastructure for Jefferson Chalmers was recently conducted, and the following approaches were typically used: 1) assessing the condition of the infrastructure by direct field assessment/inspection; 2) assessing the performance of the infrastructure, using hydraulic modeling and other analytical tools; 3) comparing condition and performance to level of service benchmarks/goals; 4) identifying capital improvement requirements and prioritizing them based on agreed-upon parameters; and 5) developing a value-based CIP to identify prioritized needs. This project is being performed under DWSD’s CS-1812 and includes one contract for water distribution network rehabilitation and replacement. Work includes either rehabilitation or replacement of buried water infrastructure identified as a result of CIPMO’s condition assessment work performed in Jefferson Chalmers.