Water and Sewer Department
Water Infrastructure Millage Fact Sheets
Water rates increased 35% starting July 1, 2021 in order to fund the water infrastructure project.
The City Commission has placed a request for a 3.5 mill property tax on the November 2, 2021 election ballot. If approved, the property tax millage will generate the revenue necessary to complete the water infrastructure project, and water rates will return to their previous 2020 levels.
Water Infrastructure Project Details – includes detailed information about upcoming water infrastructure projects
Household Impact Data
Anonymized Household Impact Data (.xls file) – the data set which is the basis for the cost impact and funding option comparison.
Shall the City of Pleasant Ridge be authorized to levy up to three and one half (3.5) mills per year, for years 2022 through 2051, in excess of its Charter authorized tax rate as reduced by Section 34, Article IX of the 1963 State Constitution, such additional millage to be used to finance water infrastructure projects including water main replacement and construction, public and private lead service line replacement, and associated restoration work within the City of Pleasant Ridge. It is estimated that 3.5 mills would provide $620,993 if levied in full in 2022.
October Information Meeting Video and Presentation
The City hosted an open house information meeting regarding the proposed water infrastructure millage on October 5, 2021.
Meeting Presentation (October 5, 2021) – Includes details on why the City must do this project, what projects are planned, and the cost of the project, and millage information.
April Town Hall Video and Presentation
The City hosted a town hall meeting to present our water infrastructure plan, funding options (water rates or property tax millage), and to answer resident questions on April 20.
Town Hall Meeting Presentation (April 20, 2021) – Includes details on why the City must do this project, what projects are planned, and the cost of the project, and funding options to pay for the project.
Water Infrastructure Background Documents
Water Infrastructure Project – Engineer’s Probable Estimate of Costs – The estimate of costs provides the baseline for the City’s Asset Management Plan and our budget and rate setting decisions.
Water Quality Testing Results – Sampled lead levels in water for all public water systems in the State are available at the above link. The allowed maximum limit for lead in water is 15 parts per billion. Pleasant Ridge had a sampled lead level of 4 parts per billion in 2020, well below the maximum allowed.
Preliminary Water System Materials Inventory by Service Address – The preliminary material inventory shows the information the City has about the service line at each service address in the City. This inventory is based on City records and assumptions about the type of material used before and after 1936.
Water Distribution System Reliability Study and Master Plan (2016) – Master Plan for maintenance of water distribution system. This document identifies necessary projects. Its implementation was paused by the new EGLE lead and copper rules, but it is the basis for the need to replace our water mains for reliability and fire flow.
Utility Bill Fact Sheet
Water and Sewer Topics
Water bills are issued on a bi-monthly basis, and cover the January-February, March-April, May-June, July-August, September-October, and November-December billing periods. Bills are issued by the 25th day of the month following the end of the billing period, and are due on the 25th of the month after they are issued. This means that the bill for the January-February billing period will be mailed to residents by the 25th of March, and will be due by the 25th of April.
If you do not receive a water bill by the first week of February, April, June, August, October, or December, please contact Evan in the Water Department for a duplicate bill. Failure to receive a bill does not waive past due penalties.
Payments may be mailed to City Hall, returned to City Hall during regular business hours, or left in the drop box at the rear entrance (off the parking lot) to City Hall. Payments left in the drop box will be credited the next business day. Postmarks are not honored for mailed bills, so please allow seven days when mailing your payment to be sure that it arrives here before the due date.