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Ypsilanti Community Utility Authority

About Ypsilanti Community Utility Authority

The Ypsilanti Community Utilities Authority (YCUA) provides water and wastewater services to the Ypsilanti area. Water and/or wastewater services are provided to the City of Ypsilanti, Charter Township of Ypsilanti, Pittsfield Township, Augusta Township, Sumpter Township and Superior Township. YCUA contracts with the Western Townships Utilities Authority – more... (WTUA) to provide wastewater treatment services for the Townships of Canton, Northville, and Plymouth.

Annually, YCUA processes over eight billion gallons of wastewater at their plant located at McGregor and State Streets near Willow Run Airport. YCUA delivers five billion gallons of water each year. In the City of Ypsilanti and Ypsilanti Township, YCUA delivers direct services to every home and business (approximately 18,000). In the other communities, YCUA contracts to provide bulk water and wastewater services.

The annual Operating Budget for the Authority is approximately $36 million. Our Capital Budget for fiscal year 2011 - 2012 was approximately $6 million, consisting primarily of improvements to selected sewage pumping stations and replacement of old water main. Delivering water to our customers and collecting and treating the wastewater generated are the primary functions of the Authority. Assuring the continued viability of our existing infrastructure and planning for the future water and wastewater needs of our communities is a vital function. The YCUA board is concerned with providing the proper facilities to handle the growth of the Ypsilanti area and Western Wayne communities with whom the Authority began contracting sewage treatment services in 1993.

Growth in the Wayne County townships of Plymouth, Canton, and Northville has resulted in a request by the Western Townships Utilities Authority, the organization which represents the three townships, to expand our wastewater plant to treat the wastewater generated in their communities. Presently, the wastewater from the three communities is divided between the YCUA system and the Wayne County system.

Construction on the plant expansion and improvements project, which added 17 MGD to the YCUA wastewater facility, began in 2002 and continued through 2006. The YCUA Wastewater Treatment Plant is now rated to treat 51.3 million gallons of wastewater per day.

Many water and sewer mains within Ypsilanti and Ypsilanti Township are identified as needing replacement, either because of age or inadequate size. These replacements are being scheduled as time and funds permit. In the 2012 construction season one water main replacement project replacing one mile of main in Golfside Road is scheduled.

Above ground investments include six water towers including the famous stone water tower near the campus of Eastern Michigan University.

Average water use is 14 million gallons a day. In the summer, use may hit 25 million gallons in a single day.

In keeping with our mission to provide top quality, cost effective, environmentally safe water and wastewater services to our customers, YCUA is continually upgrading its infrastructure. Recent improvements include:


Holmes Road Phase 3 Water Main Replacement - This project consisted of replacing approximately 5,000 feet of existing water mains on Holmes Road between Spencer Lane and Michigan Avenue in the Charter Township of Ypsilanti. The work was completed in 2011 in conjunction with road improvements made by the Washtenaw County Road Commission. Total project costs are estimated at $1,080,000.

Ford Boulevard Water Main Replacement - This 2011 project consisted of replacing approximately 1,500 feet of aging and undersized water main on Ford Boulevard between Parkwood Avenue and Russell Street in the Charter Township of Ypsilanti. The work was completed in advance of road improvements to be made by the Washtenaw County Road Commission. Total project costs are estimated at $406,000.

East Cross Water Supply System Improvements - This project consisted of replacement of water services, hydrants, and valves on the existing water main in East Cross Street between River Street and Prospect Street in the City of Ypsilanti. The work was completed in 2011 in conjunction with road improvements made by the City of Ypsilanti. Total project costs are estimated at $180,000.

College Place Water Supply Improvements - This 2010 project consisted of abandoning approximately 600 feet of aging and undersized water main on College Place between Cross Street and Forest Avenue along with installation of a double check valve assembly. The work was completed in conjunction with road improvements made by the City of Ypsilanti. Project costs totaled approximately $85,000.

Mansfield Avenue Water Main Improvements Phase 2 - This project consisted of replacing approximately 1,750 feet of aging and undersized water main within the Mansfield Avenue right-of-way between Westmoreland Street and South Congress Street in the City of Ypsilanti. The work was completed in 2010 in conjunction with road improvements made by the City of Ypsilanti and Washtenaw County Road Commission. Project costs totaled approximately $240,000.

2010 Sanitary Sewer Lining - This project consisted of cured-in-place lining of approximately 2,700 feet of sanitary sewers in the City of Ypsilanti. Project costs totaled approximately $79,000.

Washtenaw Rear Yard Sanitary Sewer Emergency Repair - This project consisted of pipe-bursting of approximately 75 feet of damaged sanitary sewer located along rear property lines of parcels east of Courtland Street between Washtenaw Avenue and Whittier Street in the City of Ypsilanti. Completed in 2010, project costs totaled approximately $72,000.

Energy Process and Optimization - This project consisted of heating and ventilation system modifications and improvements at the Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) and at four large tributary sewage pumping stations, replacement of light fixtures and luminaries at the WWTP, modifications to hot water boilers used for heating the WWTP buildings, as well as related electrical and mechanical work. The intent of the project was to lower energy use and costs and thereby achieve reduction in use of natural resources, carbon footprint and achieve cost savings for customers. The project is expected to result in a $585,000 reduction in energy costs per year, a savings of nearly 20% of the operating costs for the WWTP. The project was funded by a low-interest State Revolving Fund (SRF) loan administered by the MDEQ with additional assistance provided by the American Recover and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), which allowed the amount of the loan repayment to be reduced by 40%. Completed in 2009, project costs totaled approximately $1,150,000 of which the Authority will be responsible for $690,000 after principal forgiveness.

Martz Pump Station Improvements - This project consisted of modifications to increase the capacity of the station from 14.5 MGD to 22.4 MGD in accordance with the Authority Sanitary Sewer Master Plan. The three existing pumps were replaced with four new pumps each rated for 7.5 MGD flow capacity. Other improvements included replacement of the existing comminutor, all suction and discharge piping including valve and flow meter replacement, addition of a second redundant discharge header, yard piping, new standby power generator sized to run all four new pumps, and related electrical and controls improvements.

Willow Run Pump Station Improvements - This project consisted of replacing the four existing pumps with new pumps rated for the same flow capacity, replacing the existing comminutor, all suction and discharge piping including valves and flow meters, addition of a second redundant discharge header, yard piping, and related electrical and controls improvements. The improvements at the Martz Road and Willow Run pump stations were funded by an SRF loan with assistance provided by the ARRA. Completed in 2009, combined project costs for the Martz Road and Willow Run stations totaled approximately $5,075,000 of which the Authority will be responsible for $3,045,000 after principal forgiveness.

Duncan Pump Station Improvements - This project consisted of complete replacement of the existing ejector type pump station built in the 1950s. It included new submersible pumps, electrical and mechanical equipment and alternate power source for emergency power outages.

Emerick Pump Station Improvements - This project consisted of complete replacement of the existing ejector type pump station built in the 1960s. It included new submersible pumps, electrical and mechanical equipment and alternate power source for emergency power outages. The improvements at the Duncan and Emerick pump stations were funded by an SRF loan with assistance provided by the ARRA. Completed in 2009, combined project costs for the Duncan and Emerick stations totaled approximately $870,000 of which the Authority will be responsible for $522,000 after principal forgiveness.

Perrin Street Sanitary Sewer Improvements - This 2009 project consisted of replacement of approximately 180 feet of aging, undersized and damaged sanitary sewer on Perrin Street south of West Cross Street in the City of Ypsilanti. Project costs totaled approximately $64,000.

Hewitt Road Water Main - This project consisted of replacing approximately 1,800 feet of aging and undersized water main on Hewitt Road from Packard Road to just north of Washtenaw Avenue in the Charter Township of Ypsilanti. The work was completed in conjunction with road improvements made by the Washtenaw County Road Commission. Completed in 2009, the project was funded by a DWRF loan with assistance provided by the ARRA. Project costs totaled approximately $650,000 of which the Authority will be responsible for $390,000 after principal forgiveness.

Mansfield Avenue Water Main Improvements - This 2009 project consisted of replacing approximately 1,300 feet of aging and undersized water main within the Mansfield Avenue right-of-way between Washtenaw Avenue and Westmoreland Street in the City of Ypsilanti. The work was completed in conjunction with road improvements made by the City of Ypsilanti. The project was funded by a DWRF loan with assistance provided by the ARRA. Project costs totaled approximately $260,000 of which the Authority will be responsible for $156,000 after principal forgiveness.

Bridge Road Ground Storage Reservoir Improvements - This project consisted of repairs to and repainting of one of the two 5,000,000 gallon ground storage reservoirs adjacent to North Hydro Park in the Charter Township of Ypsilanti. Completed in 2009, project costs totaled approximately $230,000.

Holmes Road Phase 2 - This 2008 project consisted of replacing approximately 6,800 feet of aging water mains on Holmes Road between Rue Deauville and Spencer Avenue. The work was completed in conjunction with road improvements made by the Washtenaw County Road Commission. The project was funded by a low-interest Drinking Water Revolving Fund (DWRF) loan administered by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ). Project costs totaled approximately $1,290,000.

City Housing Water Main Improvements - This project consisted of replacing approximately 2,500 feet of aging and undersized water mains within the public housing complex southeast of the intersection of First Street and Harriet Street in the City of Ypsilanti. The work was completed in conjunction with paving improvements made by the City of Ypsilanti. The project was funded by a DWRF loan. Completed in 2008, project cost totaled approximately $460,000.

Clark and Devon Water Main Improvements - This 2008 project consisted of improvements to water supply and wastewater systems along Clark Road, west of Devon Street. The work was completed in conjunction with improvements by Superior Township. Completed in 2008, project costs totaled approximately $139,000.

Holmes Road Ground Storage Reservoir Improvements - This project consisted of repairs to and repainting of the 2,000,000 gallon ground storage reservoir north of Holmes Road west of Ridge Road in the Charter Township of Ypsilanti. Completed in 2008, project costs totaled approximately $250,000.

2008 Sanitary Sewer Lining - This project consisted of cured-in-place lining of approximately 7,800 feet of sanitary sewers in both the Charter Township of Ypsilanti and the City of Ypsilanti. Project costs totaled approximately $250,000. – lessMore from ZoomInfo »

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