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Posted on: August 10, 2017

Update offered on sanitary sewer cleaning and televising program

United Resources

Taylor continues to do a sewer cleaning and television inspection program for sanitary sewers in the community. The purpose of the program is to assess the existing condition of the sanitary sewers in an effort to develop a capital improvement program for future rehabilitation and replacement. 

Contractor United Resources will be working on sanitary sewers in Area P for approximately two more weeks.  Area P is located south of Eureka Road, and west of Gage Street. Then they will be going to Area Q, which is between Eureka, Northline, Lange and Beech Daly. Meanwhile, Metro Environmental has completed work in Area H and will be starting Area I the week of August 21. Area H is located south of Eureka between Telegraph and Gage, and Area I is located between Wick, Ecorse, Pardee and Pelham.

To see a map of the planned work, click here
Liquiforce is working in Areas A (south of Van Born, west of Beech Daly) and B (south of Van Born, west of Beech Daly, to Tulane) for the next two months preparing and lining sanitary sewers.

Hennessey Engineers, Inc. is acting as the City’s engineering and inspection consultant for this project.  The first step of the project is the cleaning of the sanitary sewers with a high-pressure water jet, cleaning the sewer from manhole to manhole, and removing the debris with a vactor truck.    

During the work of cleaning the sewers some residents may experience an odor coming from floor drains and/or toilets.  To reduce the chance of odor, residents can add water to all floor drains.  It is recommended, while work is being performed on their block, that residents keep toilet lids closed and place a towel between the toilet and seat to deal with possible pressure backup within the sanitary sewer system.  The cleaning may cause gurgling or splashing, as the high pressure jets clean the sewer main.

This work will involve access to sanitary sewer manholes, some of which are located on private property, typically along rear lot lines. The City is requesting that residents provide reasonable access to these manholes.

United Resources has been authorized to use specific City fire hydrants for the water necessary for the cleaning process.  As of result of using hydrants in areas with old water mains, natural mineral buildup may be disturbed, resulting in the water having a slight "rust color" for an hour or two.  This does not in any way contaminate the water.  Allowing your water to settle for one or two hours with minimal use and then running the COLD WATER ONLY for one or two minutes will clear any discoloration. During this period, DO NOT LAUNDRY.

After cleaning the lines, the sewers are televised to evaluate their condition.

A dark pink door-hanger will define clearly when the work is scheduled on your particular block.  If a private easement or rear yard needs to accessed to clean and investigate the sanitary sewer, a representative of Hennessey Engineers or United Resource will personally contact residents prior to entering the yard.

We also ask that you refrain from parking in the street during targeted work periods to allow United Resource trucks to park along the way.  Working hours will be 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

The cooperation of residents during this work period is appreciated. Should you have questions, please call Hennessey Engineers at (734) 759-1600, or contact Greg Mayhew, City Engineer, at (734)374-1473, or by email at gmayhew@ci.taylor.mi.us.

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