The Department of Public Works (DPW) is responsible for providing essential services in the areas of water treatment and conveyance, waste water pumping and conveyance, facilities management, fleet management, cemetery operations and bike path management to enhance the quality of life for residents and businesses in Waterford Township.
If you have an after-hours emergency, please contact us at 248-618-7550.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
This announcement in in response to an abundance of calls to the Waterford Township Department of Public Works (DPW) after the Township made the decision to close public access in this COVID-19 state of emergency.
The DPW would like to share a few bullet points of current procedures to insure safe drinking water.
Please mail or utilize the drop box near the main DPW entrance for water bill payments. No cash please.
In home services (meter repairs) have been suspended until further notice.
Waterford Township DPW would remind all residents, ONLY flush the 3 P’s. (Pee, Poo & (toilet) Paper).
Waterford Township DPW is collaborating with surrounding communities to provide back-up operations and personnel as needed to keep the water and wastewater systems functioning.
Waterford Township DPW will be in close contact with the State of Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy to remain informed of developing procedures and reporting requirements pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Waterford Township DPW will also be collaboratively working MiWARN, a statewide Water/Wastewater Agency Response Network (WARN) of “members helping members”. MIWARN provides utilities and public works agencies with a Mutual Aid Agreement for sharing resources in an emergency.
As a reminder, Waterford Township has a robust and resilient drinking water / wastewater system. This system includes dedicated professional personnel, back-up generator power, advanced security and available full manual operations if necessary.
The DPW is comprised of the Water and Sewer and Facilities and Operations Divisions. The DPW has a total of 58 full time employees and an annual budget of approximately $19,000,000.
Water & Sewer Division
The Water and Sewer Division provides high quality potable water for residential, commercial and industrial use including fire protection. The system utilizes 13 water treatment plants, over 350 miles of water main, 3,500 water valves, 3,400 fire hydrants, and storage tanks totaling 8.25 million gallons. The water system average annual day demand is approximately 7.7 million gallons per day with summertime peaks exceeding 20 million gallons per day.
The Water and Sewer Division also collects and transports all waste water from properties connected to the sewer system. The system utilizes over 350 miles of sanitary sewer main and 63 sewer pumping stations. The waste water flow is ultimately discharged into the Clinton-Oakland Interceptor Sewer system where it is conveyed to the City of Detroit for Treatment.
Facilities & Operations Division
The Facilities and Operations Division is responsible for the operation and maintenance of 15 township-owned buildings, 54 acres of grounds, 230 vehicles, 41 miles of bike path and 5 cemeteries.
The DPW building was dedicated to former Supervisor and Clerk James E. Seeterlin who was instrumental in developing a municipal water and sewer system to service Waterford Township.