Some residents and businesses in St. Louis will be getting a visit from a city employee.
As required by the Michigan Safe Drinking Water Act a preliminary distribution system materials inventory must be conducted and submitted to the state Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy by Oct. 16, according to letters sent to residents and business owners by city officials.
In an effort to meet those requirements the city created a random number generator to select 283 addresses that will be physically checked by Department of Public Workers employees.
Water suppliers must develop an inventory that “characterizes and documents water service line materials and provides demonstrations through physical verification that the inventory is accurate,” according to the letter signed by DPW Superintendent Calvin Martyn and Utilities Director Keith Risdon.
EGLE requires that a random number of service lines must be checked both inside a home or business and at the curb stop, which is usually located at the property line.
The city has contracted with Spicer Engineering to complete the work. A presentative from the company will be accompanying city workers doing the physical checks. They will also be driving a city vehicle.
Those selected in the random address drawing will be contacted in advance to schedule a time for the inspection.
The city will be checking water lines for various materials, including copper and others.
Once the physical verifications are complete, the city will review the information collected, extrapolate the data and predict the water service line materials of the homes and businesses that were not physically checked.
This predictive analysis will be based on verified service lines in the vicinity, the year the home or business was built, location, and water main age, among other factors.
The evaluation will help the city be in compliance with revised Michigan lead and copper rules.
For more information call Martyn at 989-681-3644 or Risdon at 989-681-2613.