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DWSD Collection Plan

Everyone knows The City of Detroit desperately needs inbound revenue to provide outbound services to its residents. Mayor Mike Duggan, Detroit City Council and the DWSD management stand firm,  on getting people to pay for their clean drinkable tapwater usage and the accompanying sewage treatment service.

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DWSD Collection Plan

https://t.co/PqCkKXPnA5

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Wednesday sprinkles

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Not expecting a lot of rainfall, barely enough to wet the grass and vegetable garden. Humidity will get cranked way way up as raindrops evaporate off the humongous large hot parking lots in the vicinity. Summer in the D, enjoy.

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GLWA Sewer Districts

The newly formed GLWA will have to deal with old Sewer District issues as they emerge in discussions over who and where pays what,  and how much for how long.

Do you know the name of your current Sewer District, who exactly runs it, and how the charges are figured out ?  We all pay for StormWater, it has to flow somewhere. Yes, we pay money to dispose of Rain.
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The Southeastern Oakland County Sewage Disposal Authority (also referred to as the Twelve Towns Drain
District
) was established in 1942 to address flooding problems in this region. The Twelve Towns Drain
District includes the cities of Berkley, Birmingham, Clawson, Ferndale, Hazel Park, Huntington Woods,
Madison Heights, Oak Park, Pleasant Ridge, Royal Oak, Southfield, Troy, Royal Oak Township and the
Village of Beverly Hills.

In 1972, the Twelve Towns Drain District completed construction of a Retention Treatment Facility (RTF), a
20 foot high by 65 foot wide structure in the bed of the former Red Run Drain. This RTF runs 2.2 miles from
Twelve Mile and Stephenson Highway in a northeastern direction to Dequindre Road south of Whitcomb
where it empties into the Red Run Drain.

During rain events, the RTF receives a combination of storm and sanitary flows from the 14 communities
that make up the District. The RTF captures this storm water and sanitary sewage and drains gradually into
the Dequindre Sewer Interceptor where flows travel south to the Detroit Water and Sewage Board Treatment
Plant.

In heavy storms, after retaining 35 million gallons of combined sewage, the basin overflows into the
Red Run Drain, in Warren, after receiving primary treatment including skimming and chlorination.

As part of an Agreement with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), the Twelve
Towns Communities were required to plan and construct $144 million (original estimate) in improvements to
the RTF aimed at reducing the volume and the frequency of the overflows, and providing adequate treatment
of these overflows when they do occur.

Twelve Towns Contested Case Settlement

On October 22, 1998, the Director of MDEQ issued the new  Pollutant Discharge Operating Permit that allows the South Oakland County Sewerage Disposal System (SOCSDS) to
discharge Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) into the Red Run Drain until October 1, 2003.
This Permit has
been renewed several times since then.

In June 2005, the communities agreed to the change and renaming the permit to “George W. Kuhn Drainage
Board on behalf of the George W. Kuhn Drainage District”.

Clinton River Concerns

— Despite the “media hype” , the Clinton River has been; and STILL is; a major concern for federal agencies.
— It was NOT well taken care the past 50 years. Taken for granted, neglected, abused, dumped on, and taken advantage of, for Sewer Disposal, the river is limping along.
— Both Counties, Oakland and Macomb, contribute massive amounts of Stormwater runoff into the river, every time it rains.
Would you lick a parking lot ?
Stick you face into the discharge of a 50 year old “rain drain” to cool off ? That is EXACTLY what goes into the Clinton, plus Sewage Overflow on many occasions.
It’s reality, truth, and it is not pretty.
— The new GLWA needs to force Oakland County to separate its’  drain pipes – one for rain water – one for sewage. Antiquated ancient Combined Sewer systems have no place in a modern, high tech society. The EPA and DEQ both know Oakland County has massive tax revenue. LBrooksP continually raves about how well the county is doing. It is 2015, time to pay up, and stop skirting the issue, stop dancing around it. Fix it ! Oakland County does not exist as an island. It impacts “other people” across Dequindre Road, in Macomb County.

You’ll see the Clinton River, 3rd spot down, from the top of the list, for Action Plans.

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Rotor Electric and Warren Water

Warren, Michigan in Macomb County is in a unique situation for the upcoming GLWA .

Warren has its own Sewage treatment plant

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DATA for billing GLWA DWSD

Around February 2012, there were concerns over upgrading the SCADA data information collection system from DWSD.

What is “actually” being measured, to the drop, TODAY in 2015;  has been kept under wraps. The supposed “rate simplification” process arose out of a chaotic mis-mash of guesses and estimates.
Billing for rain, aka Stormwater Pipe useage, is a contentious, litigious, quagmire of poo, especially with CSO issues (Combined Sewer overflow piping)

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SCADA Detroit Michigan

FINANCE DEPARTMENT/PURCHASING DIVISION
1. Brown, reso. autho. Contract No. 2873778 – 100% City Funding – DWS-882
To Provide SCADA Radio Network Upgrades
Detroit Radio Team (Joint Venture with Motor City Electric and PCI),
840 W. Milwaukee, Detroit, MI 48202
Contract Period: March 5, 2013 through March 5, 2016
Contract Amount Not to Exceed: $7,995,090.00.
DWSD (PULLED FROM THE ADJOURNED SESSION ON 02-28-13)

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Waste Water Treatment Plants Map

Back in 2007 praise was heaped upon DWSD for its SCADA system
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Some sprinkles on tap

It’s been un- eventful lately and I like it that way.  Perhaps some thunderstorms are on the way, but nothing too severe predicted at this time.

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GLWA – Measure flow ?

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A whole lot of actual true measurement :
“” Who used what amount “”
down to the drop ; – needs to occur pronto – on a massive scale – for the GLWA and DWSD to get off to a good start in 2015 into 2016. This applies to clean tap water flow and sewage/stormwater flow.

http://www.dacbond.com/dacContent/doc.jsp?id=0900bbc7801553a1

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Water – No One is Serious

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People have Zero respect for tap water. It’s ALWAYS on, ready to pour, at the kitchen sink, bathroom, outside spigot. We take it for granted, even when the power is out, and all is dark in a neighborhood.
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The tap water infrastructure is invisible, underground, forgotten about, and yet it’s extremely vital to our daily survival. The Center for Neighborhood Technology estimates that approximately

6 billion gallons of water wasted in the U.S.A.

~ every day.
http://www.cnt.org/projects/water-loss-control

The Detroit tap water system LOSES 15% of all the water it creates for people to drink.
In an average year, DWSD treats and pumps ~~  ( nearly 228.5 billion ! ) ~~ gallons of water.

Ever really, really thought about YOUR personal toilet ?  Stop ! Do it now. Think. It’s filled with tap water. Yeah – 40% of the tap water used each day by the average person is flushed down the toilet.
That RainBarrel capture concept looks mighty sweet already, right ?
A 5 gallon bucket from the RainBarrel is like 2 or 3 free flushes, per day, for a little work.

From the website
http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/americas-neglected-water-systems-face-a-reckoning/

“Hundreds of billions in water and sewer improvements are not being made.” As a result of this neglect, a million miles of underground pipes need to be replaced, according to a 2012 American Water Works Association (AWWA) report entitled “Buried No Longer: Confronting America’s Water Infrastructure Challenge.” The cost of repairing the existing damage and keeping up with ongoing maintenance is staggering. “Restoring existing water systems as they reach the end of their useful lives and expanding them to serve a growing population will cost at least $1 trillion over the next 25 years,” according to the AWWA report. Through 2050, the costs escalate to $1.7 trillion, or $30 billion annually. Looking at recent history, it is difficult to imagine municipalities shouldering this burden on their own.

Water policy is often in the hands of a City Council and the representatives usually cannot  muster the political fortitude to raise tap water rates.  Operational costs go up, and people need to pay money $$$ for treated, clean, drinkable, pressurized tap water. It IS that simple !

I believe we’ll see a push towards more “”usage fees”” for Stormwater runoff volume.

Large flat roofed buildings  (A million square feet + ) with their associated parking lots, dump massive amount of rain into the Stormwater drains.

Square Footage matters….

A small house with lots of lawn would pay less , versus, a massive house with small lawn. The amount in the drain, rain volume into the pipe, is what truly matters. It is the only fair, decent manner, to create County wide drainage fees.

EColi on Beaches July4th ?

StormWater sewage mixed with leaking Septic Systems, along with  DogPoo , GoosePoo, DuckPoo – all washed onto #LakeStClair beaches – shutting them down with EColi – according to Macomb County Health Officials.

The Clinton River and all its tributaries from BOTH the Counties; flow into Lake St. Clair.

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Rain Combined Sewer Systems

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GWK Drainage System

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Clinton River Metro Detroit

Soggy Saturday on tap

Many models predict lots of soaking rain, possibly totaling an inch or more.

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It gets ugly around 3am Friday with a 90% chance of precipitation. Saturday brings high wind and a lot more rain.

Learn more about rain, drainage, and what one Michigan community did about it.

https://redrundrain.wordpress.com/2015/06/26/neighborhood-sewage/

Neighborhood Sewage

VIDEO – HouseHold Drainage, Community BackUps, Flooding, with Calculations – Applies everywhere ! not just Ann Arbor.

Please watch the WHOLE clip as it goes into fine detail of How and Why a neighborhood drainage system becomes overloaded.

https://t.co/eYfMP2Uy2o

Cooler temps expected

The next three months are expected to feature relatively cool conditions in the central states while the West endures more above-average warmth.

What does that mean for rainfall, precipitation, flooding scenarios ? My guess would be Fewer massive prolonged thunderstorms.

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The jet stream dips lower, resulting in cooler temps here in Michigan.

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2015 GLWA New Agreements ?

As summertime thunderstorms roll in late June into July, one can only wonder what the new stormwater agreements will be.

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The City of Warren is to modernize it’s Waste Water Treatment Plant
eliminating  “” Blended Effluent “”
For NPDES permit in 2016

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Everyone is supposed to modernize reporting of discharges

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We’ll have to wait and see the rainfall amounts from future storms to determine what exactly got discharged into the Red Run, Clinton River and Lake St Clair.

Pontiac will play more of a role for sewage treatment in Oakland County, and of course, will, definitely  discharge into the Clinton River.
— Happy recreating upon , and swimming in, the Clinton River.

https://redrundrain.wordpress.com/2014/08/07/clinton-river-sewer-service-oakland-county/

Enjoy the Summer Sun (and Water)

Monday Thunderstorms

3-ENH-orange risk area depicts a greater concentration of organized severe thunderstorms with varying levels of intensity

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You might not want to leave your windows open all day …..

http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/outlook/day2otlk.html

GLWA Bondholder Consent

The GLWA won’t happen until the actual bondholders allow it to happen.

Article from The Bond Buyer
By CAITLIN DEVITT -JUN 15, 2015

Holders of $5.2 billion of Detroit water and sewer bonds are playing a key role as Detroit attempts to execute the last big bargain struck during the city’s bankruptcy.

As Detroit and three regional counties work to form a new water and sewer authority, winning bondholder consent within six months is needed to complete the deal.

The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department must secure the approval of at least 51% of bondholders to shift the bonds from the DWSD to the new Great Lakes Water Authority. Most of the debt is insured, and insurers are expected to act as proxy for the bondholders.

Bond insurer Assured Guaranty Municipal Corp. wraps $1.92 billion of the debt, according to a spokesman. National Public Finance Guarantee Corp. insures $1.6 billion of the bonds. A spokesman for National declined to comment on the insurer’s position on the GLWA. Assured didn’t comment by press time.

The new authority was one of the last big bargains struck during the city’s Chapter 9 case. It calls for Detroit to lease its water and sewer system, one of the largest in the nation, to Wayne, Macomb, and Oakland Counties for 40 years. The city in return will get $50 million in annual lease payments and retain control of the infrastructure located within city limits.

The system serves nearly five million customers and is the largest in Michigan.

It’s the second time that bondholders have played a key role in the city’s restructuring efforts. The water and sewer bonds were front and center in the final days of the city’s bankruptcy. The city wanted to impair the revenue bonds by 40% or more by either stripping out call protections or replacing current coupons with lower rates, despite a revenue pledge that the market considered strong enough to escape bankruptcy unscathed.

The city ended up offering to tender the bonds, a complex financing completed in September and October, the final months of the bankruptcy. As part of the deal, Bondholders tendered a total of $1.5 billion of bonds, or 28% of the DWSD’s outstanding debt.

The six-member board of the GLWA signed the lease on June 12. The deal won’t be final, however, until the authority meets various conditions.

Many of the conditions are related to the DWSD’s large and complex debt portfolio.

In addition to winning 51% of bondholders’ consent, the GLWA also needs to pass a new master bond ordinance that authorizes the lease and largely reflects DWSD’s current ordinance.

The new authority is required to uphold certain current bond covenants, including coverage requirements for both additional bonds test and rate covenant that requires coverage of 1.20 times, 1.10 times, and 1.00 times for senior- and junior-lien debt, respectively, according to the lease.

The new authority is required to maintain a flow of funds to bondholders that was part of the tender offer. The DWSD agreed to keep debt-service payments second only to operation and maintenance costs and ahead of deposits to all other accounts.

The DWSD also needs to get confirmation from a ratings agency that the ratings assigned to the bonds would not be lower than the current ratings on the DWSD bonds. Bond counsel would need to deliver an opinion that the new debt will continue to be tax exempt. And as long as bonds are outstanding, neither the city nor the authority can terminate the lease, whether or not an event of default has occurred.

On the pension side, the authority needs to reach an agreement with Detroit and the Detroit General Employees Retirement System on how to manage the authority’s pension obligations. The lease allows the new authority to issue bonds to fund its pension obligation.

The conditions must be finalized by Jan. 1, 2016.

Bonds with a 2039 maturity and 5.25% coupon were yielding 4.31% in early June trading, according to the Electronic Municipal Rule Making Board web site. A chunk of the bonds with a 2023 maturity and 5% coupon yielded 3.11% in May trading, down from 6% in July, 2014 trading, when the city proposed impairing the debt

Flooding Maintenance Mid June

How often has your street been cleaned, swept, vacuumed ? A bit of yearly maintenance helps alleviate flooding. All that debris ends up in the stormdrains and they need to be cleaned out from time to time as well. When a street gets “cold patched” many pebbles ends up in the catchbasins via the steel grates by the curb.

Street sweeper

Street sweeper 

FLOOD WATCH

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DETROIT/PONTIAC MI

1044 AM EDT MON – JUN 15, 2015
-ONE TO 3 INCHES OF RAINFALL WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS WILL BE POSSIBLE. * URBAN FLOODING…ESPECIALLY IN THE DETROIT AREA…WILL BE POSSIBLE. IN ADDITION…RAPID RISES OF RIVERS AND CREEKS ALREADY SWOLLEN FROM RECENT RAINFALL MAY OCCUR

Warren DPW maintains 316 miles of local roads, 65 miles of major roads.

Budgets are tight, and people should help out a bit. It takes a few minutes to sweep in front of your house when you mow the lawn , wack the weeds and do some edging by the sidewalk. Everyone benefits , it is a win-win.


Street grates

Street grates

Manhole access point

Manhole access point

Catch basin for sand, dirt, debris

Catch basin for sand, dirt, debris

Sunday rainstorms

Weather alert radio just chirped.
Looks like Warren Michigan will
get significant amounts of rain

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ClintonRiver June 14 _ 2015

ClintonRiver June 14 _ 2015

GLWA fuzzy math 10% increase

I would say the math is downright shaggy
and very long – instead of just a bit fuzzy.
Plan on a 10 percent increase.
Gag order lifted, open discussion can occur now.

GLWA 10 Percent Increase

GLWA 10 Percent Increase

Brian Baker

Brian Baker

Cities pay for rain ?

At first it seems foolish, “pay for rainwater” ?
I am very serious, it concerns underground infrastructure.
Someone must pay for the water to flow – somewhere.
If the pipes are used more, they should pay more, right ?
More flow, more usage, more payments of a greater amount ?

Impervious surfaces such as rooftops, paved driveways, patios,
and parking lots, are major contributors to rainwater runoff.
Should you pay more because you have a large house, small lawn ?

https://redrundrain.wordpress.com/2011/08/14/rain-in-warren-michigan/

Oakland County has combined sewer systems

Rain Combined Sewer Systems

Rain Combined Sewer Systems


Rain Infiltration Sewer Pipe

Rain Infiltration Sewer Pipe


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
A fair way to distribute the cost of maintaining storm sewers
and protecting area waterways is based on a property’s
contribution of rainwater to the sewer system.
Owners of large office buildings, shopping centers and
parking lots will be charged more than owners
of modest residential dwellings.

Now we all know some local areas get a LOT more rain
than others and it is quite scattered about
The heat island effect increase the amount of rain
– over and downwind – of major cities.
https://redrundrain.wordpress.com/2014/08/18/major-city-heat-islands-and-rainfall/

What about those area that are almost ALL concrete,
blacktop, parking lots, massive industrial manufacturing, etc.
They practically force rainwater into the drains
-versus a city with huge parks, large green spaces.
A mere 1 inch rainfall on 1000 sq ft = 623 gallons of water
https://redrundrain.wordpress.com/2013/11/02/parking-lots-roofs-impervious-surfaces/

A 2001 report from the Southeast Michigan Council
of Governments found that between $14 billion
and $26 billion was needed by 2030 to maintain
and improve Southeast Michigan’s sewer infrastructure.

Will the GLWA actually measure, analyze, and base rates
upon the flow of water in the underground pipes ?
I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

https://redrundrain.wordpress.com/2013/06/06/detroit-radio-team-and-sewage/
 
https://redrundrain.wordpress.com/2013/09/22/dwsd-its-complicated-please-keep-paying/

Fair pricing and rate structure is not clean cut
and many, many factors play important roles in
financing the maintenance and improvement of a system.

Odd Water Developments June 10, 2015

First item
via info on LinkedIn

How does a senior attorney who served as lead in-house counsel
for the Oakland County Water Resource Council forming GLWA entity;
negotiated terms, agreements, interests of Oakland County;
suddenly leave near the drop dead date of June 14, 2015 ?

There was a distinct effort to simplify rates a while back
probably due to DWSDs equipment unable to measure accurately


https://redrundrain.wordpress.com/2013/09/22/dwsd-its-complicated-please-keep-paying/

Second item 

via info at http://dwsdupdate.blogspot.com/

Last Friday, June 5, 2015, the judge overseeing the remainder
of Detroit’s Chapter 9 bankruptcy entered an order
extending until January 1, 2016, Judge Sean Cox’s appointment
as mediator of matters involving DWSD
and the Great Lakes Water Authority.

Update (6/8): At 8:37 a.m. this morning, the order entered
on Friday extending Judge Cox’s role as mediator
was vacated by the Clerk of the Court.
The order indicates that Friday’s order was entered in error.

Without an extension, Judge Cox’s appointment
would have expired on June 14, 2015,
which is the deadline for DWSD
and the Great Lakes Water Authority
to finalize and execute the terms of a long-term lease.

Lack of Sewers Oakland County

Oakland County is known for having Combined Sewer Systems
It is an antiquated system in need of renovation.
How many more years will LBrooksP continue this charade ?
These overflows go into the Clinton River and Lake St. Clair
When it rains hard, these old systems become overwhelmed

Combined Sewer Systems

Combined Sewer Systems


OaklandCounty Groundwater

OaklandCounty Groundwater


12 Towns Drain

12 Towns Drain


Current Modern Day Red Run

Current Modern Day Red Run


Old Red Run from 1960's

Old Red Run from 1960’s


Red Run The last 100 years

Red Run The last 100 years

Oakland-Macomb Interceptor summer 2015

Officials break ground in Shelby Township
on final phase of Oakland-Macomb Interceptor
Thursday, June 4, 2015
By SEAN DELANEY – Source Staff Writer
Advisor & Source NewsPapers

Officials from Macomb and Oakland counties gathered June 2 at River Bends Park in Shelby Township to break ground on Contracts 5 and 6 of the Oakland-Macomb Interceptor Drain (OMID) project.

“These contracts represent the final contracts of the $160 million rehabilitation program which is designed to restore the structural integrity of the (OMID) sewer system, which serves approximately 833,000 residents and rate payers in Macomb and Oakland counties,” said Macomb County Public Works Commissioner Anthony Marrocco.

According to the Oakland County Water Resources Office, the OMID is approximately 20 miles in overall length, and generally flows from north to south, terminating at the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department’s Northeast Sewage Pumping Station just south of 8 Mile Road. The diameter of the sewer ranges from 42 inches at one of the upstream extremities, to 12.75 feet in the southern half of the system.

Following the catastrophic collapse in 2004 of a nearby section of interceptor sewer that flows into the OMID, sewer service was seriously threatened for all the upstream users of the system. The repair in 2004 involved a 10-month, 24/7 construction and emergency bypass effort that ultimately cost rate payers over $56 million.

Following the repair, the remainder of the system was inspected, and found to be in very poor condition in many areas. In 2009, the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department transferred the system to the newly created OMID Drainage District (OMIDDD), and the OMIDDD then undertook a $170 million, seven-year repair program, ultimately to be conducted under six separate contracts.

“Detroit didn’t take care of it, so we had to take over and make sure it could serve our customers,” Marrocco said.

Contracts 1 and 2 (Segment 1) of the program involved construction and installation of flow control and access structures at six points along the sewer system located in Sterling Heights and Warren.

According to Oakland County officials, the innovative design of the remote-operated flow control system allowed for storage of sewage flow within the system during daily repairs planned for subsequent segments of the program. This design approach saved millions over conventional bypass or manual flow control options.

The flow control and access structures involved installation of shafts up to 100 feet deep and 75 feet in diameter. The total cost of Contracts 1 and 2 was approximately $46.1 million, including engineering, administration, and legal. Work under Contracts 1 and 2 is now complete, and officials say the system is performing as planned.

Contract 3 (Segment 2) of the program involved leak sealing and spot repairs in the lower 10 miles of the system, located in Warren and Sterling Heights.

The contract also included installation of a new variable speed drive pump and related equipment at the Northeast Sewage Pumping Station (NESPS), in order to accomplish dewatering to facilitate the work at the southern end of the OMID tunnel.

According to officials, the Contract 3 work was designed to prepare the deteriorated pipe in advance of the slip-lining that is to be accomplished under Contract 4. The total cost of the work was initially about $26.5 million, including engineering, administration, and legal.

“The original scope of Contract 3 is now complete, although as a result of the discovery of deteriorated conditions within the NESPS, an emergency repair of the NESPS Discharge Chamber has been added to the contract,” officials said in a program summary released last month. “This work is just beginning, and is expected to be complete by about August 2016, at a cost of about $4.5 million (construction).”

Contract 4 (Segment 3) of the program involves lining about 26,500 lineal feet of tunnel with glass fiber polymer mortar pipe, within four sections of the OMID system between Metropolitan Parkway and the Northeast Sewage Pump Station (just south of 8 Mile Road).

The total cost of Contract 4 will be about $75.5 million, including engineering, administration, and legal.

“An innovative procurement approach on this contract is estimated to have saved about $18 million from the originally budgeted cost for this work,” the summary states.

Contract 4 was begun in August of 2013, with most of the work up to this date involving preparations for the bulk of the in-tunnel lining work. It is currently scheduled to be complete in November 2015.

“I’ve only been involved with this project since I came into office in 2013, but it’s been an amazing project,” said Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner Jim Nash. “We’re here to build something that’s going to last 100 years, and we want to make sure that it does that. I’m looking forward to finishing this project, and getting on the road to having it operate as it should have been for many years.”

Contract 5 (Segment 4) of the OMID repair program involves intermittent lining and internal spot repairs to the northern half of the OMID sewer system, which extends through the communities of Sterling Heights, Utica, and Shelby Township.

The work includes constructing two access shafts into the interceptor, sealing water leaks, grouting voids outside the interceptor, repairing cracks in the interceptor, and re-lining selected portions of the interceptor; together with construction of about three miles of gravel roadway through River Bends and Holland Ponds parks, to provide access for the construction.

“This project in particular not only protects the environment in terms of waste water, but it also involved the construction of roads through environmentally sensitive areas,” said Keith Swaffar, chairman of NTH Consultants. “So it’s really a testament to the commissioners in terms of their awareness and desire to protect the environment.”

The total cost of Contract 5 is about $13.7 million, including engineering, administration, and legal. The work is scheduled to be complete in June of 2016.

Contract 6 (Segment 4) of the OMID repair program involves intermittent lining and internal spot repairs to the OMID PCI-11A Interceptor from Dequindre Road to Utica Road, generally along M-59 in Shelby Township and the city of Utica. The work includes sealing water infiltration into the Interceptor with chemical grouting, repairing manholes, and re-lining portions of the interceptor.

The total cost of Contract 6 is estimated to be about $3.7 million, including engineering, administration, and legal. The work is scheduled to be complete in June of 2016.

“This project (OMID) ranks as the largest wholesale customer of the DWSD, and with the completion of these two contracts our system will be on sound engineering footing, and be able to provide reliable and efficient service to our customers for many years to come,” Marrocco said. “Overall, OMID has been quite an accomplishment, and for that we owe a debt of gratitude to all who have played a role in making the rehabilitation program a success story. Even though we’ve had out differences along the way, we’ve managed to move forward and complete the project the way it should be done.”

McCormick from DWSD leaving ?

Is Sue F. McCormick the Director/Chief Executive Officer
for the Detroit Water and Sewage Department
(DWSD) on the way out the door ?

It would appear the GLWA is in search of a CEO

National CEO Search

National CEO Search

Sue McCormick GLWA

Sue McCormick GLWA

I sincerely hope MACOMB County continues to be
fully represented within the GLWA and not entirely
steamrolled by what Oakland County wants

Brian Baker

Brian Baker

Being downstream

A wise man once said :

We are all downstream from someone else .

https://redrundrain.wordpress.com/2015/01/19/politics-of-elevation/

It really does matter where you live, location, location, location

Downstream

Downstream


Oakland County Drainage

Oakland County Drainage


Belle Isle Intake Warren Michigan

Belle Isle Intake Warren Michigan


Red Run EPA concern

Red Run EPA concern

Hackel excluded from courtroom

HIGHLAND PARK (WWJ) —
http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2015/05/29/hackel-upset-with-snub-from-reported-highland-park-water-meeting/

Talks are scheduled to be underway to potentially dissolve
the city of Highland Park in order to pay debts
to the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department
while also forming a new regional water authority
in southeast Michigan.

Reports have surfaced of a meeting set for June 1
in the chambers of U.S. District Court.
Judge Sean Cox has reportedly arranged the closed-door meeting
to discuss the option, but apparently
did not invite Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel.

MarkHackelExcluded

Mark Hackel Excluded

“That was just shocking to me because I’m critical
to the process and very vocal about it,” Hackel said.
“This is regional participants having regional discussions,
not secret meetings.
That’s what used to happen with the history and things
that happened in the city of Detroit that got us
to the problem that we’re at today.
“I thought that would’ve ended, but apparently now
there’s some kind of a meeting taking place
that I’m not invited to,” Hackel said.

Among those who have been invited by the judge
are Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and
Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson.

“The reason Mark was not invited was not
for any nefarious reason,” Patterson said.
“The reason was that Mark made it very clear
that he’s not going along with the program,
that he is a ‘no’ vote.

I’m guessing here now that the judge said,
‘well why include Mark if he’s already taken himself out of the debate?’”
Key to the discussion is who will pay the
city of Highland Park’s $26 million debt
owed to the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department.

Hackel said that he fears an attempt will be made
to have Highland Park’s debt transferred to regional rate payers.
“It’s a challenge, adding to the complexity of this deal moving forward,” Hackel said.

DEQ and Red Run

Online reporting of actual events on the Red Run
and Clinton River via CSO discharge of Kuhn Basin
IS NOT EXACTLY the priority of the DEQ

http://www.deq.state.mi.us/csosso/events_by_rw.asp?lstRW=24&cmdSubmit=Submit

– Facilities are required to notify the MDEQ within 24 hours
when a CSO or SSO discharge begins.
– After the discharge ends, the facility must submit a
complete report including the locations and volume of the discharge.
THE CATCH – Online reporting sources are quite a bit slower

http://health.macombgov.org/Health-Programs-EnvironmentalHealth-SewerOverflows

The Southeastern Oakland County Sewage Disposal Authority
(also referred to as the Twelve Towns Drain District)
was established in 1942 to address flooding problems.
https://redrundrain.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/wpid-wp-1425661147211.jpeg

How well do you think they have accomplished those goals ?
It is 2015 and Oakland County STILL has combined sewer systems,
despite LBrooksP boasting about massive revenue flow in the county.
Kuhn Basin discharges under Dequindre Road into the Red Run
located in Warren, within Macomb County.
Flooding occurs HERE in the cities of Macomb County due to
decisions made decades ago to save money by LBrooksP

ClintonRiver 10am May31_2015

ClintonRiver 10am May31_2015

Possible Flooding May 31, 2015

NOAA predicting Showers and Thunderstorms will increase
in coverage across Southeast Michigan today
as a cold front enters the region.

The potential exists for stronger storms to develop,
with wind gusts up to 50 mph.
In addition, any storms will be capable of
producing torrential downpours.
Rain will continue tonight and into Sunday.

Rainfall amounts of 1 to 3 inches will be possible through the weekend.

The ground is already fairly saturated meaning runoff will be high

FloodWatch May 30_2015

FloodWatch May 30_2015


ClintonRiver May 30_2015

ClintonRiver May 30_2015

GLWA snag over Highland Park

Rick Snyder would avoid the erase of $25.6 million dollar
waterbill debt for Highland Park, Michigan.
The debt issue is a snag in negotiations concerning
the creation of a Regional Water Authority for Metro Detroit.

Alexis Wiley, chief of staff to Mayor Mike Duggan would like
wholesale customers of DWSD water services to pick up the
slack left behind by Highland Park non-payment fiasco.

The GLWA lease is signed in two weeks on a deadline of June 14
via federal Judge Sean Cox who had placed a gag order on participants.

Water on a New Page

The bell has tolled, it’s a new age.
I support Mayor Mike Duggan and his efforts to start a new page of civic responsibility in the city.

In my opinion, in #Detroit –
Where 30,000  people owe
$ 30 MILLION DOLLARS ;
many are simply hustling everyone
for Tap Water Service they
take for granted daily.
~Garnish Welfare Checks Now ~
Recoup costs by force for Detroit.

If people don’t value and respect clean, clear, drinkable, water on tap,  in their households, SHUT it off now. Make it a dry holiday Memorial Weekend and watch how fast the cash pours in. A conscious deliberate choice was made, NOT to pay a small monthly water bill.
Now its a big bill….so what !
It still needs to be paid. RainBarrels might answer many folks prayers.

Drinkable water pumped into households will never be free.
Are there exceptions, “unique” circumstances, sure there are,
But Not 30,000 of them.

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