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Park water plant on hold

Kathy Ryan Staff Writer

February 04, 2016
Grosse Pointe Park — Are plans for an independent water system on hold?

The city has been investigating the feasibility of separating from the Detroit water system for several years, but put the question of an independent system on hold primarily due to financial considerations. The project is expected to cost $15 million.

However, in recent months, it appeared the city was once again laying the groundwork to develop a new system. In January, City Manager Dale Krajniak said the city was working with the state of Michigan and the Department of Environmental Quality on applications for a new system and hired an engineering firm.

He also said in January the Park was conducting a study on a microfiltration system mandated by the state.

This week, however, Krajniak acknowledged the project may be on hold.

“Further review of the independent plant is on hold pending the completion of a second pilot study,” Krajniak said in a written statement. He also said tests were run several years ago that determined the equipment the Park was looking at “would provide optimal water service equal to or above existing services.”

However, he noted, “The micro filtration system which is commonly used throughout the state has been upgraded,” and “an additional pilot study is required and will be completed by the end of this year. Until the data collected from the second study is available, everything is on hold.”

Mayor Robert Denner, in November 2015, established a separate committee and charged it with studying the feasibility of an independent water plant. The Public Service Committee is chaired by Councilman Dan Grano and includes Denner and Councilman John Chouinard.

The committee met in private in January. Denner assured concerned residents future meetings would be announced to the public.

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