The City of Taylor recently obtained a grant through the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to conduct a sewer cleaning and television inspection program for sanitary sewers within neighborhoods of the community. Work was set to begin August 8.
Notices are being distributed to residents in the northwest sector of the City where this work will begin. The work will eventually be done in other portions of the City.
The attached map shows the eight areas, Area A-H, where the work will be performed. The work will be starting in Area A and proceed to Area B, east of Telegraph. It will continue alphabetically until complete. The Area B west of Telegraph will be completed at the end of the project.
The dark pink door-hanger will define clearly when the work is scheduled on your particular block.
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. Through a selective bidding process, the City of Taylor awarded Metro Environmental Services the contract to complete the program.
This work will involve entry into manholes, some of which are located on private property along rear lot lines. The City is requesting that residents provide reasonable access to Metro Environmental to these manholes and the City's engineering consultant, Hennessey Engineers. We also ask that you refrain from parking in the street during targeted work periods to allow Metro Environmental trucks to park along the way.
Working hours will be 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.
The first step of the program is the cleaning of the sewers with a high-pressure jet using nearby hydrants. As a 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.
During work on the sewers some residents may or may not experience an odor coming from drains and/or toilets. Residents are asked to keep toilet lids closed (to deal with pressure backup within the system) and if possible, to place a towel between the lid and the seat.
To reduce the chance of odor, please add water to all floor drains. After cleaning the lines, the sewers are televised to evaluate their condition.
The cooperation of residents during this work period is appreciated.
Should you have questions, please call Hennessey Engineers at (734) 759-1600 or City Engineer Greg Mayhew at (734) 374-7473.