Water and Sewer



It is illegal to use fire hydrants - Please call us at 248-625-8222 if anyone is seen using a hydrant.

Notice!  Irrigation System Owners

State and Federal Law mandates that you have a backflow device if you have an irrigation system.  This device is to be tested annually, with the test results submitted to the DPW.  For a list of approved testers, call 248-625-8222.  If your plumber is not on the list have him call us.  All new irrigation system installations require a plumbing permit from the Building Department.

Sewer Backup Legislation

On January 2, 2002, Public Act 222 of 2001 came into effect.  This new state law provides procedures that need to be followed in the event of a sewage overflow or backup on your property.  If you intend to file a claim for damages due to a sewage overflow or backup on your property, you must provide the Township of Independence Clerk Barb Pallotta with the following information, in writing, within 45 days of the date the sewer overflow or backup was discovered or should have been discovered:

  • Your name, address, and telephone number

  • The address of the affected property

  • The date any property damage was discovered or physical injury occurred

  • A brief description of the events and your claim

Failure to provide this information within 45 days of the date the damage or physical injury was discovered or should have been discovered will prevent you from being able to make a claim against the Charter Township of Independence for economic damages.

Rates

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To help you read your residential water/sewer usage bill.

Water Effective March 16, 2014

Codes 170-190 = Water consumption $ 2.00 per 100 cubic feet of water
Codes 200-270 = Ready to Serve Charge (service charge which covers administrative and maintenance costs and is based on meter size):

Code

Meter        

Quarterly Rate

200

3/4"

$  16.00

210

 1"

$  27.20

220

1 1/2"

$  56.00

230

2"

$ 107.20

240

3"

$ 240.00

250

4"

$ 432.00

260

6"

$ 528.00

270

8"

$ 960.00

Code 150 = flat rate/no meter

 

$188.00 per quarter

Code 160 = flat rate/fire suppression

$180.00 per quarter


Sewer (flat rate) - Effective July 16, 2016

Code 500 = Sewer (per REU)

$  106.87 per quarter

Code 520 = Sewer (moble/manufactured homes)

$  106.87 per quarter

Code 600-670 = Industrial Waste Control Charge (based on meter size or REU's where meter size is not available)


Industrial Waste Control - Effective July 16, 2017

Code

Meter

Quarterly Rate

600

3/4"

$  25.56

610

 1"

$  42.60

620

1 1/2"

$ 93.72

630

2"

$ 136.32

640

3"

$ 247.08

650

4"

$ 340.80

670

8"

$852.00

Water Rates Effective March 16, 2014 (City of the Village of Clarkston)

Code 400-430 = Water consumption

$  2.20per 100 cubic feet of water

Code 440-490 = Ready to Serve Charge (service charge which covers administrative and maintenance costs and is based on meter size:

Code

Meter

Quarterly Rate

440

3/4"

$  17.60

450

 1"

$  29.92

460

1 1/2"

$  61.60

470

2"

$117.92

480

3"

$264.00

490

4"

$475.20


Procedures for Final Bills

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Final Water Bills

We must receive advance notice of a closing, as we need to schedule an appointment with the current homeowner to read the inside meter.  Please call our office at 248-625-8222 to schedule a final read.

If the seller will not be moving out of the home immediately after the closing, it should be determined, in advance, with the seller and purchaser as to the final date for the meter read.

We cannot get in the middle of who is responsible for a final bill.

Final Sewer Bills

We need a 24-48 hour notice to prepare the final sewer bill for the seller.

The final bill can be picked up at our office at 6050 Fleming's Lake Rd., mailed to a forwarding address or emailed.