The Sewer Division is responsible for the maintenance of approximately 300 miles of sewers (sanitary and storm) throughout the Community. Throughout the year, the Sewer Division performs various tasks:
Sanitary Sewer Cleaning
This program is set up to clean all sanitary sewers within the City. Because of this maintenance program, we can eliminate most of the sewer back-up problems in the City lines. We also have personnel available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to respond to any basement water calls by residents. If a resident should have a basement water problem after normal working hours (Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.) or on a weekend or holiday, they should call the Police Department's non-emergency line at 248-246-3500.
Maintenance & Normal Repairs
Starting in the Spring, Sewer personnel repair catch basins, manholes and any sewer lines that have problems. This work continues as long as weather permits. During the winter, Sewer personnel inspect all of the sewer structures for repair. After the inspection sheets are turned in, the Supervisor prioritizes the jobs according to need.
Severe Snow Storms
The Sewer Division supports the Highway Division with equipment and manpower for the plowing of City streets whenever there is a severe snow storm.
The Sewer Division also handles all Miss Digs. This is a program set up by all utilities for the staking of utility lines before any digging occurs. We stake or paint all City of Royal Oak sewer mains and laterals, water mains, sewer service tie-in locations, and water curb shut-offs.