A Michigan City’s Agenda to Deter Overflow

Apr 22

A Michigan City’s Agenda to Deter Overflow

The city of St. Joseph has made progress in reducing overflow, but there is more work to be done. With sustained and heavy rain, storm water can rush into the combined sewer lines, eventually sending waste and other pollutants into St. Joseph River and Lake Michigan. This condition can generate health hazards, as well as, necessitating the closures of area beaches....

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Michigan’s Water SOS, Perma-Liner Industries is at Attention!

Apr 05

Michigan’s Water SOS, Perma-Liner Industries is at Attention!

Oh, where to start with the Flint water crisis! For months on end you’ve been hearing the horrific details of the impossibly contaminated water. Residents have endured many long months since this catastrophe began. The misfortune of a sanitary and storm sewer system that is outdated, underfunded and unable to handle the volume flowing through its pipes, especially...

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Assessing Sewer Line Leads to Greasy Discovery

Feb 29

Assessing Sewer Line Leads to Greasy Discovery

Livonia is a well-planned community of residential, industrial, commercial and civic development with a population of approximately 100,000. Centrally located between Detroit and Ann Arbor at the intersection of two major freeways — I-96, which travels east and west, and I-275, which travels north and south — beneficial and convenient to those travelling in and...

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Phosphorus Control and the Lake Erie Basin

Jan 29

Phosphorus Control and the Lake Erie Basin

Michigan has been proactive in the pursuit of total phosphorus reductions since Lake Erie was first declared void of living organisms in the 1960’s. The Detroit Water and Sewer Department is by far the largest point source discharge to Lake Erie. The reductions in this discharge were the main reason the Lake Erie ecosystem has seen many water quality problems over...

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The City of Adrian: An Effort for an Improved Infrastructure

Jan 11

The City of Adrian: An Effort for an Improved Infrastructure

The City of Adrian has a Utilities Department which is working hard to get through the city’s infrastructure challenges which includes a $3 million rehabilitation and replacement of its 19th-century brick arch sewer.  Adrian is located 70 miles southwest of Detroit.  Customers are supplied with a blend of surface water from Lake Adrian and groundwater from four...

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Detroit Uses Worms to Help Capture Rainwater

Dec 16

Detroit Uses Worms to Help Capture Rainwater

Detroit has initiated an interesting and wiggly way of re-energizing a vacant lot: worms. Workers with the non-profit Greening of Detroit scattered 85,000 worms onto a newly tilled vacant lot. The worms, if they do their job as planned, will burrow several feet into the ground, loosening up the soil and thus allowing rainwater and snowmelt to filter down into the...

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Low-Interest Loans for Water Pollution Control

Dec 02

Low-Interest Loans for Water Pollution Control

Michigan’s Water Pollution Control Revolving Fund, better known as the State Revolving Fund (SRF), is a low-interest loan (2.5% for 20-year loans and 2.75% for 30-year loans in fiscal year 2016) financing program that assists qualified local municipalities with the construction of needed water pollution control facilities. If you have projects with components...

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