By DEB WUETHRICH
At a time when things are looking pretty dry, city officials don’t anticipate any problems with Tecumseh’s water supply.
“We’re very blessed with our water situation,” said Todd Amstutz, superintendent of the city’s Department of Public Utilities. “There are communities that would love to be able to pump hundreds of gallons a minute like we do.”
The city works hard, however, to stay on top of things, including compliance with many state and federal mandates regarding water and wastewater services. One of the things the city is currently engaged in is a Water Reliability study.
“This is something the state is requiring of us,” said Amstutz. “We did a study ourselves in 1995, but now there is a mandate to have one done by December 4, 2011. And they usually want an engineer’s stamp on it.”
The study, which is being done by Tetra Tech of Ann Arbor, and budgeted at approximately $18,000, will provide basic planning data to include the city’s current population and number of service connections and equivalent residential units. Such studies are designed to show that the city has sufficient water production and consumption data to identify trends including additional production and consumption data requirements.
“They will create a model and we will be able to plug in different scenarios, such as when we had a fire on Russell Road, and we can gauge which wells were on at the time,” explained Amstutz. “We can see what might happen if one of our wells is down. It will show deficiencies we may have throughout the town and will show, number one, if we have enough water; number two, do we need a new tower; and number three, where we should target capital improvement programs, such as looping streets to get rid of dead ends.”
The study also will include the creation of a colored chart that shows pressure zones and whether there are any deficiencies.