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Wastewater Division

Originally built in 1965 the Delta Township Wastewater treatment facility is an activated sludge treatment plant that consistently produces a high-quality effluent & “Exceptional Quality (EQ) Biosolids”.  The facility underwent expansion in 1972 and again in 1985 to increase treatment capacity and incorporate odor control.  The primary purpose of the Wastewater Division is to convey the sanitary sewage from the customer to the treatment plant for proper processing and to run other programs as required by state and federal agencies regarding wastewater treatment and employee safety.

The plant is currently designed to handle 6 million gallons of water each day with available equalization of an additional 5 million gallons.  The treatment process operates 365 days a year without interruptions caused by weather or holidays.  Currently, the sanitary sewer system has approximately 176 miles of sanitary sewer pipe that the wastewater division must maintain. The collection system includes 20 pumping stations that convey the wastewater from lower elevations into the gravity flow portions of the system.

 

Water Division

The primary goal of the Water Division and the Department’s water distribution system is to maintain safe and clean drinking water for our 9,398+ customers.  We work very closely with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) to meet the weekly, monthly, quarterly and yearly sampling requirements.  The water distribution system operates on a daily basis, year-round.  We maintain 5 standby wells, 3 ground storage tanks with pump stations, 2 elevated towers, and a Water Operations facility.

Delta Township purchases treated water from the Lansing Board of Water and Light, so the wells are being maintained for an emergency water supply only.  In addition to storage facilities, the distribution system consists of 213.5 miles of water and 2,180 fire hydrants.  The Utility Department installs water services, assists customers with routine turn on/off requests, and perform repairs when necessary to fire hydrants, main breaks, service line leaks, and other various appurtenances throughout the water system.

Homeowner Responsibility

WATER: Delta Utilities installs new services and warranties them for one year.   Homeowners are responsible after one year from the curb stop to the meter.  Delta Utilities are responsible to repair external water connections up to the meter, but will bill back costs to the homeowner after one year of service. Delta performs no work after the water meter.

SEWER: Homeowners are responsible for the portion from the sewer main line (Wye) to the home.  Delta Utilities does not install or bears no responsibility to make repairs of any sewer lead. Delta Utilities performs no work inside of a home.

Contact the Department

7000 W. Willow Hwy
Lansing MI, 48917
Phone Number: (517) 323-8570
Fax Number: (517) 323-1771
utility@deltami.gov

Richard Kane

Director of Utilities

rkane@deltami.gov

Utility Department Staff:

Mike McKane – Deputy Director of Utilities

Dave Swink – Water Distribution Supervisor

Kenneth Herman – Water Quality Supervisor

David D’Haene – Operations/Maintenance Supervisor

Gabe Ruiz – Collections Supervisor

Problems or Question?
Water, Wastewater or Stormwater Emergencies:

For Water emergencies (main breaks or home/business flooding from a water leak) call (517) 323-8570 phone number manned 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

For Wastewater emergencies (sewer backups in the street or home) call (517) 323-8570 phone number manned 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

For flooding due to Stormwater emergencies call:

  • In roadway call: Eaton County Road Commission at 1-877-88EATON (1-877-883-2866)
  • If the flooding is not in a roadway call: Eaton County Drain Commissioner at (517) 543-3829
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Drainage or Flooding Issues?

What to do if you experience flooding in your basement

Homeowners are responsible for mitigating the circumstances of a flooded basement. One, often overlooked important step to take is to contact your homeowner’s insurance company for guidance in what you can do. Also, contact Delta Township’s Utility Department so that a Township employee may assist you in determining the cause of the flooding. If it is determined the cause of the flooding is due to a problem with the sanitary sewer, the township’s collection crew will identify the problem and alleviate the issue as soon as possible.

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What Does “Flushable” Really Mean?

Sewer utilities across the country are having a huge problem, and the problem is “flushable” products. Pre-moistened personal wipes labeled as “flushable” as well as other products like flushable toilet cleaning sponges and some women feminine products are creating an enormous problem. While these products may swirl down the toilet with ease, most do not dis-integrate, creating serious problems as they work their way through aging sewage systems on their way to the treatment facility. These so-called “flushable” products cause pumps to jam, equipment to break or simply use more energy to operate. This can lead to sewage backups and potentially sewage backing up into a customer’s basement.

Industry experts estimate these issues cost U.S. utilities between $500 million and $1 billion annually to clear clogs, unjam pumps, or replace equipment altogether. The number of manpower hours to alleviate these issues is also becoming extremely burdensome to sewer utilities. Other items, such as disinfectant wipes and facial cloths not meant to be flushed are also contributing to these problems.
Utilities across the country are trying to stress to their customers the message of the “3 Ps” meaning only flush pee, poop, and toilet paper.

The wastewater industry has long considered toilet paper as the benchmark for any product that is labeled as “flushable”, since toilet paper is flushed constantly and utilities do not see it causing problems. Why is toilet paper okay to flush while other so-called “flushables” are not? It rapidly loses strength when it gets wet. It breaks into pieces during the flushing action of a toilet and continues to break apart simply by moving through the sanitary collection system. It does not require the force of a mechanical device to break into pieces. It has short fiber lengths that are unlikely to re-rope or entangle with other materials. It is biodegradable and will not reduce the quality of biosolids. These qualitative properties of toilet paper should apply to any product that calls itself “flushable”.’

So, the next time you go to do the convenient thing and flush that product, help out your sewer utility and ask yourself, is this really “flushable”? Does it appear to have the same properties as toilet paper? If the answer is no, please don’t flush it. Find another way to properly dispose the items or product. Who knows, you may just be saving yourself the burden of a plugged pipe or sanitary sewer backup into your basement.

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