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.
There are no plans to perform water main improvements in Bloomfield Village for the 2018 construction season. Phase V of the Bloomfield Village Water System Enhancement program will commence in 2019 with water main replacement anticipated to be performed on Indian Mound, East Indian Mound, West Indian Mound, South Indian Mound, and Indian Mound Trail.
Phase IV water main replacement in Bloomfield Village is wrapping up. All new water mains have been installed. Restoration from work done in 2017 will begin this spring. Representatives from Bidigare Contractors Inc. will be out restoring lawns that were impaired within the project area during 2017 construction.
Westchester Village Water System Enhancement
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 mid-1950’s to early 1960’s. During Phase I and Phase II of the Westchester Village Water Main Replacement Program 14,017 L.F. of water main was replaced. The remaining 14,340 L.F. of original water main within Westchester Village will be replaced through Phases III and IV of the Westchester Village Water System Enhancement program.
The 2018 scope of work for Phase III of the Westchester Water Main Replacement Project includes upsizing the water main on Berkshire Drive between Lahser Road and Farmingdale Drive from 8-in to 12-in diameter pipe, replacing the 8-in water main on Bennington Court, replacing the 8-in water main on Hillboro Drive between Westbourne Drive and Wadsworth Lane, as well as replacing and adding hydrants and valves.
Phase II water main replacement in Westchester Village is wrapping up. All new water mains have been installed. Restoration from work done in 2017 will begin this spring. Representatives from Bidigare Contractors Inc. will be out restoring lawns that were impaired within the project area during 2017 construction.
Phase III construction is anticipated to start in late May / early June of this year. The contractor performing the work is Bidigare Contractors, Inc. Letters will be mailed out to residents directly within, and adjacent to, the project area as the project gets closer and more information is confirmed. 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 the same method used for Phases I and II, 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 project 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. Township records identify that there are no lead public portions of the water services in Westchester Village Subdivision Phase III 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 water service valve, 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 Water Quality Report section of our website.
Phase III Map
For more information and updates of Engineering & Environmental Services Department’s construction projects please call 248-594-2800 or send an Email.
Lincoln/Bingham PRV and Deepwoods/Lone Pine PRV Upgrades
Bloomfield Township owns several pressure reducing valve (PRV) vaults throughout the community. The purpose of these valves is to reduce the water pressure in the pipes entering Bloomfield Township’s water system from the Southeastern Oakland County Water Authority’s (SOCWA) water system. Both the Lincoln / Bingham PRV and Deepwoods / Lone Pine PRV vaults are nearing the end of their service life and require repairs and upgrades to both the PRV system and vault structure. The Township is in the process of having a study done on the existing PRV vaults in order to determine the best means for making the necessary repairs and upgrades. Both projects are scheduled to begin this year. Once the projects are underway, more information regarding the PRV upgrades will be provided.
North Evergreen Interceptor – Quarton Road Storage
The Oakland County Water Resource Commissioner’s office (WRC) is managing the Quarton Road 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. The scope of work includes installing 400,000 gallons of underground storage via a 96” diameter sanitary sewer along the west side of Woodward Avenue from Quarton Road and into the City of Bloomfield Hills.
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. The installation of the underground pipe network is complete along with the junction chambers. The remaining items to be completed for this project include testing of the sewer pipes and electrical work, which should be completed within the next few weeks. Restoration of the project area, including road paving, is scheduled to be completed this spring.
Any questions regarding this project can be directed to one of the below contacts:
WRC – Project Engineer
Hubbell, Roth & Clark
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.
How Does Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation Projects Affect Residents?
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- The contractor will use water from fire hydrants within the project areas. Hydrant use may cause water in areas 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.
- 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.