Source: Grosse Pointe News Online

Club will hook on to Farms water supply

by Brad Lindberg Staff Writer

February 07, 2013

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — The Country Club of Detroit is seeking a mulligan on water service.

The club, which bought irrigation water from Highland Park, wants Grosse Pointe Farms to take over.

“This is a win-win for us (and) will add $125,000 income to the water and sewer fund,” said Shane Reeside, Farms manager.

A new water customer counters slacking demand.

“Our water consumption has gone down in recent years as people have conserved,” Reeside said. “This is a way to augment our water production.”

A united city council this week approved a two-year contract with the club.

Club officials must ratify terms before the contract goes into effect.

The two-year deal is longer than most. It’s intended to underscore good faith between the city and club should the city want something from the club in return.

“If we move along with some sort of alternative to partial sewer separation, we’d have to use some of (the club’s) land,” said Councilman Louis Theros. “This (water contract) is both of us working in the same direction for future resolution that could help us get substantial relief of storm water draining into our system.”

There’s little cost of adding the club to the city’s water network.

“At one time, the Farms provided water to the club for irrigation,” Reeside said. “That structure is in place.”

Highland Park, which shares a water intake pipe with the Farms, shut down its water plant this year.

“The club relied on Highland Park to draw untreated water through its system for irrigation of the golf course,” Reeside said. “We were approached by the club regarding purchasing water from Grosse Pointe Farms.”

A hydraulic analysis by the city’s consulting engineers, Hubbell, Roth & Clark, concluded the Farms, which also sells water to the City of Grosse Pointe, can handle the extra flow under normal conditions.

“We can supply water to the club without having an adverse impact on the system or considerable reduction in water pressure for our residents,” Reeside said.

“Should any pressure, flow problems or emergency situations (such as fire flows) arise in the Farms system, the Farms should also have the means to suspend water service to the club irrigation system,” according to an analysis by Thomas Biehl, HRC executive vice president.

The club will irrigate during times when normal water demand is low.

“We are going to control when irrigation occurs and are limiting the water to off-peak time periods,” Reeside said.

The contract calls for a water rate of $11.7675 per 1,000 cubic feet of water.

Sewage rates are:

$41.04 per 1,000 cubic feet for the first 50,000 cubic feet and

$10.26 per 1,000 cubic feet for remaining usage.

“We’ve established a water rate similar to the City of Grosse Pointe,” Reeside said.

“This rate would be almost four times what (the club) is paying Highland Park,” Theros said.

The club also faces about $20,000 in expenses to install a new meter and related work, according to Reeside.