Public Meeting will Outline Proposed Ann Arbor Water Treatment Plant Improvement Project

April 29, 2021 – ​An improvement project is being proposed for the City of Ann Arbor Water Treatment Plant that will assure delivery of a safe and reliable supply of raw source water from the Huron River to the plant for treatment then for distribution to water service customers. The project would consist of replacing existing valves and piping that are critical for the reliability and operational control of the Barton Pump Station.

Air relief valves would also be installed on the 42-inch and 24-inch raw water pipelines. A public meeting to explain the project in greater detail, along with a public hearing, will take place online 6–7 p.m. Thursday, June 3, 2021, via Zoom. To access at the time of the meeting:

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  • Or join b​y phone: dial 1-206-337-9723 or 888-788-0099 (toll free) and enter webinar ID: 912 4617 1430.

This project will use existing water system facilities to minimize cost and maximize operational efficiency. The estimated cost for the average residential water customer using 18 CCFs (centum cubic feet) per quarter would represent a 0.995% rate increase, or $3 annually, and a total of $60 over the project’s 20-year debt repayment period. The proposed project cost would be approximately $276,894 annually for a debt repayment period of 20 years, based on a total project cost of approximately $4,580,000.

Adjacent neighborhood impacts from the proposed project may include intermittent deliveries or construction-related traffic in the vicinity of the Barton Pump Station site (1010 W. Huron River Drive in Ann Arbor) along with short-term access for air relief valve installation within Bird Hills Nature Area. All construction activities would occur during daytime hours over approximately 18-24 months, beginning July 2022.

Copies of the proposed project plan are available for inspection at the Ann Arbor Water Treatment Plant, 919 Sunset Road, Ann Arbor MI 48103. To provide feedback outside of the public meeting, please submit, in writing, by email to Applicable written comments received before the hearing record is closed, on Thursday, June 3, 2021, will receive responses in the final project plan.