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CITY OF UTICA

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
Street Address: 7001 Moscone Drive
Mailing Address: 7550 Auburn Road
Utica, Michigan 48317

Bill Lang, D.P.W. Superintendent

Office Hours: 
Hours of Service………………………………………………..... 7:00 am to 3:30 pm 
Regular Working Hours….……………...………………………… (586) 731 - 6110 
Fax Number ............................................................................................(586) 731-6577
Emergency After Hours................……..................………………… ( 586) 731 - 2345 
Closed for Lunch………….………...................………………..12:00 pm to 12:30 pm 
Email: CityOfUticaPublicWorks@comcast.net

The Utica Department of Public Works provides a multitude of services for City residents throughout the year. These services include the maintenance of City streets, parks, and the water and sewer systems.



2015 ANNUAL DRINKING WATER QUALITY REPORT revised 9.14.16
COPIES MAY BE REVIEWED AT THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS:

Utica Municipal Bldg., 7550 Auburn Road
Utica Public Library, 7530 Auburn Road
Dept. Of Public Works, 7001 Moscone Drive

If you wish to have a copy mailed to you, please contact the Utica DPW at 
(586) 731-6110 between 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.


 

WATER AND SEWER

1. The Water Department has available to its customers on metered municipal 
water an Area Maintenance Meter. This meter, when purchased by the customer, 
will allow them to use water for outside watering purposes without being assessed
a sewer charge. 

2. The Water Department will flush fire hydrants approximately twice a year 
throughout the City beginning May 1st and also October 1st. This process takes 
two to three weeks to complete. You may experience rust - colored water, but 
you may alleviate this by running your faucets for a few minutes. We are sorry 
if this causes you any inconvenience, but this is a necessary measure to maintain
safe and potable water to the residents. 

3. For sewer problems, contact the Sewer Department at 731-6110 so that we
can check the City mains before you call the sewer cleaner. The problem may 
not be yours and this step may save you a considerable amount of money! 

4. The Sewer Department does provide sewer cleaning services from house to
main. There is a fee if the blockage is between your private home or business 
and your property line.


 

YARD AND PROPERTY MAINTENANCE INFORMATION

1. All property owners of occupied or vacant lands are required to cut all grass, 
weeds or lawns as follows: 

a) All residential type properties when exceeding eight inches, to a height of 
less than eight inches. 
b). All other property when exceeding twelve inches, to a height less than twelve inches.


 

HELPFUL HINTS FOR WATER & SEWER DEPARTMENT ISSUES

In the event of possible water or sewer related problems, there are some things the property owner can do themselves to avoid a bill from the city if the problem is an internal one.

1. In the event that a pipe freezes and bursts, there should be shut-off valves on either side of the water meter that can be shut off for as long as it takes for repairs. These valves should be inspected periodically to ensure they are in working order.

2. If the water consumer receives a high water/sewer bill, it would be a good idea to check for leaks. The easiest way is to remove the lid off the rear of the toilet tank and drop 4-6 drops of food coloring into the water. If the colored water appears in the bowl, the working parts in the tank should be replaced.

3. If you have a water operated sump pump, the operated sump pump, the operating valves should be inspected periodically. They sometimesstick open and water consumption goes unnoticed causing an extremely high water and sewer bill. Property owners may want to install an alarm system to warn of any malfunctions that could occur.

4. If a property owner appears to have a sewer backup, there are several possibilities. If the water is clear, check the sump pump to make sure it is operating. If the water is not clear, it is possible that there is a blockage that needs to be addressed. It may be either an internal or external problem. The property owner must then decide who will be asked to service the problem. Again, if it is a city related problem, the homeowner will not be billed.