REED CITY — Reed City sewers have started to be cleared of debris for the first time in 29 years.
As part of the Reed City’s $1.4 million Stormwater, Asset Management and Wastewater (SAW) grant the city has started cleaning and examining an estimated 15 miles of sanitary sewer lines this fall. The work is expected to be completed next spring.
The SAW program provides grant assistance for the development of management plans for wastewater and stormwater, stormwater management planning, stormwater and wastewater project planning and design and testing and demonstration of innovative technology.
Reed City is part of the fifth round of grant awards, receiving the grant in Oct. 2017.
This week the cleaning started on the east side of the city and will continue down Morse, Davenport, East Slosson, East Bittner, Decalb, Stoney Creek, East Church, Savidage, Durham, Glenn, Ann, Mill, East Osceola, Hillside, North, West Stimson, North Park, West Fifth and West Franklin streets.
Updates on streets to be cleared will be placed on the Reed City website, reedcity.org, each week.
The city sewers have not received this type of cleaning since 1989, according to a press release sent by City Manager Ron Howell.
With many tree-lined streets, the city the contractor has found large clumps of roots in the pipes. The contractor is required to cut those roots out by using a high-pressure water jet.
If a home is receiving any side effects from high water pressure cleaning, the city asks that residents call (231) 832-2245 and dial the option for City Manager Ron Howell or Deputy City Clerk Amye Hensel.
If pressure surges have affected a home before or are a concern for the homeowner, the city recommends stopping or covering drains and leaving toilet lids closed to minimize potential wastewater traveling up the pipes.
While no specific dates could be given at the time of inquiry, Hensel wrote in an email the cleaning would continue into the next couple of weeks.