New water mains to be installed in Imlay City, Almont


TRI-CITY AREA — One year from now, in the spring 2023, the Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) plans to be installing new water transmission mains in the Imlay City and Almont areas.

Officials said that survey and field investigations for the Lapeer County Intertie project are already underway in Imlay and Almont townships and they anticipate the work will begin in May 2023 but that date is subject to change. Intertie refers to a transmission line that forms part of interconnection.

GLWA’s booster pump station in Imlay Township. The authority plans to install new water mains next year in the Imlay City and Almont areas that will provide backup water service when GLWA undertakes a water main relocation project in Macomb County.

Cheryl Porter, Chief Operating Officer, Water and Field Services, for GLWA said the purpose of the work is to provide reliable backup water service to Almont and Imlay City when the authority plans to undertake a major water main relocation project in Macomb County.

Additional benefits of the project include providing “long-term water service redundancy” and will improve “GLWA’s operation and maintenance capabilities.”

The water main installation will impact the following roads, Porter said:

•Blacks Corners Road, from Bowers Road to Newark Road

•Newark Road, from Blacks Corners Road to Bowman Road

•Bowman Road/Howland Road, from Newark Road to Tubspring Road

•Tubspring Road, from Howland Road to Kidder Road

•Kidder Road, from Tubspring Road to Almont Road

•Almont Road, from Kidder Road to Glover Road

So what impact will the water main work have on local residents? Porter said that local traffic access on the aforementioned roads will be provided continuously during construction.

“The design plans include access for the construction contractor to complete the work while minimizing construction-related impacts to nearby residents and businesses,” she added.

A start date for the work won’t be known until a contractor is awarded the project.

“A construction schedule will be prepared by the selected construction contractor in the winter of 2022/2023,” Porter

The entire water main project will span four years, from 2022 to 2026.

The GLWA’s service area includes all of Wayne County, portions of Monroe, Washtenaw, Oakland, Macomb and Lapeer counties and the city of Flint in Genesee County. St. Clair County is home to its Lake Huron water treatment plant and maintains water service backups for most of Genesee County.

In Lapeer County, in addition to the village of Almont and city of Imlay City, GLWA services the city of Lapeer and Mayfield Township. The authority operates a booster pump station at Bowers and Wheeling roads in Imlay Township.

They draw water from Lake Huron and the Detroit River.