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All of the plumbing fixtures in your building are connected to this system through a series of pipes behind the walls and under the floors. This includes toilets, showers, bathtubs, sinks, washing machines and floor drains.
More often than not, the cause of a backup in your lateral is from items that the line is not meant to handle, such as kid's toys, underwear, towels, diapers, paper products (other than toilet paper), keys and even false teeth. What you flush down the toilet may not affect you, but it might cause problems for your neighbors! Another possible cause would be rooted in your lateral. The sewer lateral is the responsibility of the owner of the property from the house to the street.
The property owner can do many things to prevent the lateral from backing up. Remember too, that these very same things can help to prevent backups in the sanitary sewer main as well. If everyone would be careful about how they dispose of certain products, our systems would be a great deal more efficient, cause fewer backups, cost us all less money, and prevent a lot of misery.
Backflow valves are designed to block drainpipes temporarily and prevent flow into the house. They are available in a variety of designs. A "gate" backflow valve provides a strong seal, but must be operated by hand. The effectiveness of a gate valve will depend on how much warning you have of impending flooding.
A "flap" or "check" valve opens to allow flow out of the house but closes when the flow reverses, so the sewer water can't flow back up into the pipes. These valves operate automatically, so the homeowner does not have to be around if flooding occurs, but do not provide as strong a seal as a gate valve.
Points to keep in mind:
Most parcels within the Township have access to the public sanitary sewer line. For those that don't, several options are available to extend the public line to a convenient location near the property.
The township does not plow until we receive 4 inches of snow. We try to begin plowing as soon as the snowfall ends. If forecasts indicate a very heavy accumulation we may start during the storm and make more than one pass through the township. It takes approximately 12 hours to plow the entire township one time. Be patient, we will be working as fast as we can. If your street has not been plowed 24 hours after the snowfall ends call the Department of Public Works (DPW) office.
When plowing snow we attempt to get as close to the curb as we can, so it is not unusual to have some damaged mailboxes. If we break it we will fix it. If your mailbox was broken by us, please fill out the Mailbox/Yard Damage Report or call our Public Works Division at 810-424-2600 Ext. 2903. The day after we complete the snow removal we will begin making repairs. In some cases we may have to make a temporary repair, which will allow you to receive your mail, and come back and complete the repair in the spring. If your mail box is repairable the Township will repair it but if the mail box is beyond repair it will be replaced with a standard mail box and a standard pole.
Please fill out the Mailbox/Yard Damage Report or call our Public Works Division at 810-424-2600 Ext. 2903 and report the damage. We will send someone out to investigate the complaint. We will repair the damage but it will probably be spring before we are able to make any serious repairs.
The Grand Blanc Township public water supply serves more than 18,000 residents in our community. These residents are delivered high-quality drinking water from the Grand Blanc Township water distribution system which ultimately comes from the Genesee County Drain Commission water treatment plant and Karegnondi Water Authority intake.
Many areas of the Township are not served by Township water and must drill water wells to draw water from. This is done by private good drilling companies and is permitted by the Genesee County Health Department. The Township Department of Public Works (DPW) cannot service your well and does not have a list of recommended well drillers.
In some cases, there are areas where residents have a well and municipal water is available. In this case, these homes are able to keep their well as a water source even if it experiences a major failure. It is not mandatory for a home to connect to our water supply if they are on an existing well. Newly built homes that have public water available to them must connect to the public water supply and may not drill a well.
Once a home is connected to our water; it may not disconnect to drill a new well. We build our water system based on capacity and demand. If we lose customers and we no longer have the demand but still have the capacity, the water quality and efficiency of our system could drastically change.
If a home is connected to the public water supply and is disconnecting from a well, the well must be abandoned by a licensed well driller (please see Grand Blanc Township construction specifications for more details). In some instances, a private well that is no longer being used for domestic purposes (drinking, bathing, and washing) can be used for irrigation. This is upon approval of the Director of Public Works or his/her designee. The well will have to be removed from the home completely and 100% contained outside of the home. This will require an initial and annual inspection by a Township Official.
Township water customers may install an irrigation well for watering lawns and flowerbeds. However, it must not enter the home at any point and be 100% contained outside of the home. This will require an initial and annual inspection by a Township Official.
Beginning January 1, 2016, any residential or commercial property which has 3 water/sewer units or more (A typical house is 1 unit) will not be allowed to drill a new well if they experience a catastrophic failure. These customers must connect to the public water supply if the Director of Public Works or his/her designee determines that it is available. This is to promote public health and a constant and reliable source of water to our businesses and multiple-unit residential communities and their customers.
Please contact the Township DPW for more information at 810-424-2600 Ext. 2903 or email Public Works Division or email Jeffrey Sears.