DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
Department of Public Works
Jeff Sears, Director of Public Works
Flint MI, 48507
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DO NOT FLUSH PAPER-TOWELS AND "FLUSHABLE WIPES"
GRAND BLANC TOWNSHIP, MI, MARCH 18, 2020 – The Grand Blanc Township Department of Public Works is advising residents and customers to not flush paper-towel or “flushable” wipes down the toilet during the toilet paper shortage. These items do not dissolve in water like toilet paper does and because they are heavier in weight, they do not flow through sewers like toilet paper does. These items are generally the leading cause for sewer back-ups. Most importantly, the back-up will most likely happen in the homes sanitary sewer service pipe which is a smaller diameter pipe that what the Township Maintains. This line is not under the jurisdiction of the Township and will be costly to residents if a plumber or sewer cleaning company has to be called to clean your line. If the plug does occur in the Townships mainline, we won’t know about it until it’s too late and several homes will more than likely be affected. The proper way to dispose of these items is to simply throw them in the garbage.
Grand Blanc Township will be conducting snow removal on residential streets this weekend and we need your help!
- Please DO NOT PARK IN THE ROAD if at all possible. Damage to your vehicle is possible because these trucks are hard to maneuver. We will leave a lot of snow around the vehicle and we will not come back and plow the road after the vehicle has been moved.
- Please DO NOT SHOVEL YOUR SNOW BACK INTO THE ROAD. Again, we will not come back and plow the road. This is also against the law and violators can be prosecuted.
- Please STAY HOME if you can. Give our trucks room to work and if the roadways appear to be slippery and unsafe, it is best to stay off of them.
- We apologize in advance for plowing snow into the end of your driveway but there is nowhere else to put it. Rest assured, when we are done, we all have to go home and shovel the ends of our driveways. It is best to wait for the plow truck to finish its job before you begin shoveling in order to avoid repeating the task.
- These trucks are huge! They are loud and have a lot of power behind them. They are not driving 50 mph through your subdivision. These trucks are lucky to go 15 mph down your street.
The Grand Blanc Township DPW plows approximately 110 miles of residential streets in support of the Genesee County Road Commissions snow removal efforts in our Township.Water and Sewer rates can be found here:
Current Water and Sewer Rates
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Water Generated Sump Pumps
Do you check your sump pump on a regular basis? Although your basement is dry, is it because your back-up system is doing all of the work? Recently, we have seen an up tick in sump pump failures. The reason these get back to the Township Water/Sewer Department is because many homes have water generated sump pumps as a back-up.
Although this is one of your safest ways to keep your basement dry during a power outage, it does no justice for your water bill after running undetected for several days, or even weeks because your primary, electric sump pump may have gone bad. We have seen cases where some residents have had a several thousand-dollar water bill because their water generated sump pump ran for a few weeks without anyone knowing. Due to the on/off nature, our meter reading system does not detect this as a leak and will not alarm us.
There is very little the Township can do to adjust a water bill once the water is used because we have to buy the water from Genesee County.
Take a minute today to see if you have a water powered back-up sump pump and consider installing an alarm on it so you know when it is active.