2016 Construction Projects

North Evergreen Interceptor-Wattles Road Linear Storage Project

Wattles Road between Kirkcaldy and Burnley Roads is now open and the final layer of asphalt has been placed. Surface restoration is underway.

The Oakland County Water Resource Commissioner’s office (WRC) is managing the Wattles Road Linear Storage Project as part of the Evergreen Farmington Sewage Disposal System (EFSDS) North Evergreen Interceptor (NEI) System Improvements project. The purpose of the project is to address hydraulic inefficiencies and pipe capacity issues which increase the risk of sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs), or discharges of untreated wastewater.

This project is one of several regional projects that benefit multiple communities that have Administrative Consent Orders (ACO) to address known deficiencies in the sewer system.

This document is available to view in PDF format. Project Update - November 2015
This document is available to view in PDF format. Resident Informational Meeting - November 5, 2015
This document is available to view in PDF format. Project Map

The project contacts are as follows:

Joel Brown, PE
WRC – Project Engineer
248.452.8681
brownjt@oakgov.com

Mike MacDonald, PE
Hubbell, Roth & Clark, Inc. – Project Engineer
248.454.6346
mmacdonald@hrc-engr.com

Questions and concerns during construction can be made to the WRC Construction Hotline at 248.858.1105.

Westchester Village Phase I

As part of the Township’s continuing capital improvement program, existing water mains in Westchester Village Subdivision will be replaced over the next several years. The water system that serves most of Westchester Village Subdivision was installed in the 1950’s. The Township operates and maintains the water system for the benefit of all of the Bloomfield Township residents. The scope of work includes upsizing the 6-inch diameter water mains, replacing 8-inch and 12-inch diameter water mains, and replacing and adding hydrants and valves.

The link below includes is a map of this year’s project area, which consists of Farmingdale Drive and Heathfield Drive between Berkshire Drive and Middlebury Lane, Westbourne Drive between Berkshire Drive, and Cranbrook Road, Middlebury Lane between Cranbrook Road and Fox Chase Road, and Berkshire Drive between Westbourne Drive and Farmingdale Drive.

The work is anticipated to start early September 2016 and last through the fall. The contractor performing the work is Bidigare Contractors, Inc. Please see the provided links for the project area map and letters sent to the homeowners. Questions regarding the project can be directed to the Engineering and Environmental Services Department (EESD) at 248.594.2800.

The construction method selected for water main replacement this year is prechlorinated pipe bursting which uses the existing water main pipe as a conduit for the new pipe. Residents within the project area can expect that the water supply will be interrupted for one (1) entire working day while the contractor is working in front of the home replacing the water main. In addition, there will likely be additional short-duration interruptions in service (2-4 hours) at other times when the contractor is making connections to the existing system to residents in the project area as well as residents adjacent to the prject area. Residents will be provided notices approximately one (1) week in advance of construction commencing in the area. In addition, the affected home owners will also be notified 24 hours prior to the proposed water main shut down, with specific instructions on the exact timing and duration of the shutdown.

The Westchester Village Subdivision was developed in the 1950’s, at which time copper piping gained popularity over lead piping. The Township records identify that there are no lead public portions of the water services in Westchester Village Subdivision Phase I area. However, homes constructed prior to the mid-1980’s may have copper plumbing with lead solder. In addition, plumbing and fixtures installed before January 1, 2014, or those purchased from sources outside the United States, may contain lead.

Although lead piping was used less frequently in the 1950’s, if lead piping is identified on the private side of the stop box, the Township will follow up with the property owner. If you suspect that you have a lead service line, please contact the Township as soon as possible at 248-594-2800.

In general, to minimize the potential for lead exposure including from lead solder, flush the cold water tap three minutes or longer until the water is as cold as it will get before using water for drinking or cooking, anytime the water in a particular faucet has not been used for six hours or longer. If you are concerned about lead in your water, you may wish to have your water tested. Information on lead services, how to identify if you have lead plumbing, how to reduce your potential exposure to lead, and testing information can be found on the Township website at http://www.bloomfieldtwp.org/Services/PublicWorks/WaterAndSewer/CurrentWaterReport.asp.

Information about the Township drinking water quality and concerns about lead can be found on the Department of Public Works/Water & Sewer Division/Bloomfield Township Water Quality webpage.

This document is available to view in PDF format. Westchester Village Phase I Letter
This document is available to view in PDF format. Westchester Village Letter to residents not in project area
This document is available to view in PDF format. Phase I Map

Additional Information
For more information and updates of Engineering & Environmental Services Department’s construction projects please call 248.594.2800 or send an email to eesd@bloomfieldtwp.org.

Bloomfield Village Water System Enhancement

As part of the Township’s continuing capital improvement program, existing water mains in Bloomfield Village will be rehabilitated or replaced over the next several years. The scope of the project includes upsizing 6 inch diameter water mains, replacing 8 inch to 12 inch diameter water mains, replacing and adding fire hydrants, and replacing valves. The water system enhancement program in Bloomfield Village will be spread over several years in different phases because of the large size of the water system.

The method of replacement is by pipe bursting, in which the existing water main pipe is used as a conduit for the new pipe. Residents can expect that the water supply will be interrupted for one (1) entire working day while the contractor is working in front of the home replacing the water main. There will likely be additional short-duration interruptions in service (2-4 hours) at other times when the contractor is making connections to the existing system. Residents will be provided notices approximately one (1) week in advance of construction commencing in the area. In addition, the affected home owners will also be notified 24 hours prior to the proposed water main shut down, with specific instructions on the exact timing and duration of the shutdown.

The 2016 water system enhancement project will begin in May 2016. The contractor performing the work is Bidigare Contractors, Inc. Please see the provided links for additional project and contact information. Questions regarding the project can be directed to the Engineering and Environmental Services Department (EESD) at 248.594.2800.

Information about the Township drinking water quality and concerns about lead can be found on the Department of Public Works/Water & Sewer Division/Bloomfield Township Water Quality webpage.

Bloomfield Township is not aware of any lead services that are part of the public water system. In the event a lead service is identified during the Bloomfield Village Water System Enhancement program, the Township replaces the public portion of the service (from the public water main to the stop box at the property line) and notifies the resident of the potential for additional lead piping and plumbing on the private portion of the water service. The Township is not responsible for piping on the private portion of the water service on your property or the internal plumbing of your home.

While copper plumbing gained popularity over lead piping in the 1950s, homes constructed prior to the mid-1980’s may have copper plumbing with lead solder. Plumbing and fixtures installed before January 1, 2014, or those purchased from sources outside the United States, may contain lead.

To minimize the potential for lead exposure, flush the cold water tap three minutes or longer before using water for drinking or cooking, anytime the water in a particular faucet has not been used for six hours or longer. If you are concerned about lead in your water, you may wish to have your water tested. Testing information can be found on the Township website.

This document is available to view in PDF format. Bloomfield Village Water Enhancement Letter
This document is available to view in PDF format. Lead Service Line Letter
This document is available to view in PDF format. PPhase III Map

Additional Information
For more information and updates of Engineering & Environmental Services Department’s construction projects please call 248.594.2800 or send an email to eesd@bloomfieldtwp.org.

Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation Project

Bloomfield Township owns, operates and maintains over 200 miles of sanitary sewers. As such, the Township rehabilitates these existing sewers as needed. When possible, the Township performs rehabilitation by no-dig technologies, in which equipment is inserted into the manholes and the sewer pipe rehabilitated from within. These practices include grouting joints or lining the sewer with a resin filled felt liner. If the initial investigation indicates that an excavation repair or pipe replacement is needed, residents will be notified in advance of this work. In order to prevent odors from the sewer or rehabilitation techniques from entering your home during the project, it is best to pour water into floor drains and seldom used sinks, showers, and tubs. This water will prevent odors from traveling up through the pipe and dispersing in your home. Additional information on how to reduce sewer odors in your home can be found below and on the adjacent document link below.

HowHow Do Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation Projects Affect Residents?

Additional Information
This document is available to view in PDF format. Reducing Sewer Odors In Your Home

Sewer rehabilitation projects are necessary to provide for and maintain the removal of sanitary wastes from residents’ homes and businesses. Like any infrastructure system, sanitary sewers have a limited life span. Fortunately, Bloomfield Township has implemented a regular maintenance program to identify any sewer issues as soon as possible.

During the sewer rehabilitation projects, residents may experience the following disruptions in regular services:
  1. The contractor will notify residents via door hangers to minimize water use during the day of the sewer work. This includes not using dishwashers or washing machines and limiting shower use to before or after the work.
  2. Most of the rehabilitation is conducted from within the sewer by accessing the sewer manholes. In some cases, the manholes are located within easements along rear and side yard property lines. Additionally, some manholes may be buried, and as part of the project will be raised to the surface. Any disruption to property will be restored at the completion of the project.
  3. The contractor will use water from fire hydrants within the project areas. Hydrant use may cause water in area close to the hydrant to appear rust colored. This condition does not pose a health problem. If the water in your home appears rust colored, run the cold water for 15-20 minutes or until the water is clear. If the water does not clear within 20 minutes, contact the Bloomfield Township Public Works Department at 248.594.2800. If the rusty water affects laundry, commercial products for removing rust can be purchased at local stores. Typically, the products instruct that the clothing be re-washed using the product, and the rust will be removed.
  4. Bypass pumping of sewage may be required during the rehabilitation work. This is accomplished by using above ground gas powered pumps. Once the rehabilitation work is completed, the bypass pumping will be removed.

Additional questions can be directed to the Engineering & Environmental Services Department at 248.594.2800 or send an email to eesd@bloomfieldtwp.org.