City’s water mains to get upgrades soon

Sunday Times Newspapers

WYANDOTTE — City Council approved a $143,000 project to upgrade the city’s water mains.

The project will begin along 20th Street between Grove Street and Marhsall. An estimated 1,100 feet of pipeline will be replaced, Water Department Supt. William Wierich said. The original plan was to add an additional fire hydrant, but he said due to the age of the existing water mains and a history of main breaks — which was about six in the last seven years — replacing the main was the better decision.

“The ultimate goal is to upgrade the water service provided to (Madison School) and restore the area to its existing conditions.” Wierich said.

The new plan includes the replacement of the existing 6-inch water main with an 8-inch water main, and upgrades 25 residential water lines from three-quarter inches to 1 inch, he said, and will replace the older hydrants on the street and add two more fire hydrants.

Municipal Services has a 10-year plan to replace all pipelines within the city. Normally, Wierich said, the department checks the maintenance records with the city engineers to determine where necessary maintenance and upgrades need to occur, but Fire Chief Jeffrey Carley recommended 20th Street because the school was sold.

Carley said he recommended the area because of the infrastructure upgrades necessary for the department to provide the best possible service to the residents in the area and to Madison School, 2101 Grove St.

Macomb Pipeline and Utilities Co., a Sterling Heights-based company, received the bid for the project and Wierich said the project should be completed by the end of September. Municipal Services will fund the project with capital from the 2013 budget, which is about $350,000.

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