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Optimal timing of infrastructure improvements can have a big impact on the bottom line. When Wayne County announced plans to restore Mill Street near downtown Plymouth, MI, the City of Plymouth fast tracked a water main replacement project directly under the existing road to avoid higher road restoration costs later. Designed to limit impacts on this heavily populated area, the project replaced more than 1.5 miles of aged water main with PVC pipe using the pipe bursting construction method. Challenges consisted of siting bore pits and working within congested utilities and an extremely thick roadway cross section. Numerous sanitary sewer leads located above the water main were also replaced.

Wade Trim provided utility design and supported coordination and communication between the City, County and residents. In addition, the Plymouth-Canton Community Schools bus yard is located on Mill Street requiring coordination with the school district as well as construction phase planning to minimize impact on the schools. Wayne County’s mill and paving work on Mill Street from Ann Arbor Road to Main Street will complete this collaborative road restoration project by late September.

Water main leaks can add up to a significant cost for municipalities when water is lost from the distribution system instead of reaching homes and businesses. The City of Dearborn Heights, MI, experienced a 10% increase in water loss in 2014 over past years. Monitored through the City of Detroit’s Water Automated Meter Reading (WAMR) system, nighttime water use rose from 1,000 gallons per minute (gpm) to 1,250 gpm. The City has launched a Water Leak Detection Program to identify suspected areas of leakage for further investigation.

Wade Trim is conducting the program, focusing on the northern portion of the City where breaks have historically occurred most frequently. Digital correlating loggers are installed on gate valves to record noises related to water leaking from the pipe during the night, when domestic water use is lowest. Data from the loggers is then downloaded and analyzed before the loggers are moved to new locations. Locations where leak noise has been detected are flagged for further investigation to determine if there is a leak or normal water use such as sprinklers. Progressing at a pace of 4,500 feet per day, the program’s initial results will be evaluated to determine if further leak detection will be conducted throughout the City’s 200 miles of water main.

Nick DuBose, PE, joined our firm as a Project Engineer where he will work on municipal, water resources and site development projects. Based in our Roanoke, TX, office, he will also focus on expanding our local business development efforts. Nick brings five years of design experience in utilities, stormwater management and site development. Currently, he is coordinating with our water resources professionals in Detroit, MI, to bring the first segment of the Westcliff Stormwater Drainage Improvements project for the City of Fort Worth to construction. He holds a BS degree in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University.