NOTE: All homes and business
establishments with sewer service are required by Hamburg Township
Ordinance to use potassium chloride in water softeners. Sodium
chloride is prohibited.
The Hamburg Township Sanitary Sewer System
The Hamburg Township Sanitary Sewer System (also
known as the HTSSS) is comprised of a very small section of gravity
sewers located in the Village of Hamburg and Industrial Drive area
of the Township with the remaining 2,700+ sewer connections made
through low-pressure sanitary sewer collection systems. Those homes
and businesses on the low-pressure sewer system each have an individual
grinder pump station. The grinder pump does just what its name
implies. It grinds up the wastewater that is generated by the home
or business and pumps it through a small 1 ½” or 2” service
lateral into the sanitary sewer main line located within the road
The pressure in the sewer main helps to pump the
sewage to either the Brighton Wastewater Treatment Plant or to
the Hamburg Township Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) located
near the intersection of M-36 and Merrill Road. The Hamburg Township
WWTP treats over 77,000,000 gallons of wastewater per year and
is unique in the fact that it does not discharge the treated water
directly into a water body like many other wastewater treatment
facilities. The Hamburg WWTP discharges the treated water into
huge sand filtration beds that allows the water to have another
level of cleaning before it eventually re-enters the ground water
For a sewer emergency call (810)
217-6085 and follow the voice mail prompt. Calls
are monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week, weekends
and holidays. Please discontinue water use until a
DPW Technician has responded to your emergency and can diagnose
and repair the problem. All other sewer related questions
should be directed to the Utilities Coordinator, Brittany
K. Campbell at (810) 231-1000 Ext. 210 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FILE - SEWER GUIDE BROCHURE
IS YOUR HOUSE WITHIN 400 FEET OF A SEWER LINE?
How Do I Know Where The Sewer Lines Are Located?
Several maps and sewer drawings located at the Township offices
show where existing sewer lines have been installed.
The DPW Administrator and Utilities Coordinator can also assist
you in determining exactly where the sewer lines are located as
well as provide information regarding proposed sites where new
sewer lines will be built.
To contact the Utilities Coordinator or DPW Administrator please
call (810) 231-1000 Ext. 210.
Do I Have To Connect To the Sewers?
Under Ordinance No. 69 there are several conditions that mandate
connection to the sanitary sewers.
If you are building a new home that is located within 400 feet
of an existing sewer line you are required to connect to sewers
and would not be permitted to install a septic tank and drain field.
If you have an existing home located within 400 feet of a sewer
line you would be required to connect to sanitary sewers if you
meet any one of the following three conditions:
1. If the septic system is failing.
2. If you try to repair or modify the septic system in any way
that would require a permit from the Health Department or DEQ.
3. If the existing septic system is 15 years old or older.
If any of the above three conditions apply, then connection to
the sanitary sewers would be mandatory under Ordinance No. 69.
How Much Does It Cost To Connect To Sewers?
On February 2, 1999, the Hamburg Township Sewer Committee approved
and adopted the new sewer connection Policies and Procedures outlining
the steps to be completed to connect to sanitary sewers.
For single residential structures located within 400 feet of an
existing sewer line, an application form must be completed by the
property owner and submitted along with a site plan and a $200.00
non-refundable application fee.
The application will then be forwarded to the Township engineer
for review an analysis of the proposed sewer connection and development
of an estimate of cost for the project.
For commercial or multi-residential units, an application form
must be submitted by the property owner along with a site plan
and a $1,000.00 non-refundable application fee.
The Township engineer will review the application and provide
a letter of analysis outlining any Township requirements that must
be met for the connection project and prepare the estimate of cost
to serve the property with sanitary sewers.
How Do I Pay for My Sewer Connection?
For single residential sewer connections, property owners have
several options to pay for their connection. The connection charges
may be paid up-front in cash or financed through the homeowner's
Applications are also being accepted to allow property owners
to participate in a Contract Special Assessment District. This
allows property owners to pay for their sewer connection charges
plus interest over a twenty year period as part of their property
taxes. The applications are collected for a period of 6 months
to 1 year. Once there are enough participants, bonds would be sold
to finance the projects. Upon receipt of the bond proceeds by the
Township, the sewer connections can be completed.
For commercial or multi-residential units, the developer or owner
of the property would be required to enter into a Sewer Installment
Agreement between the owner and the Township before connection
is made to the Hamburg Township Sanitary Sewer System (HTSSS).
Because of particular requirements of the sewer system, submission
of an application together with non-refundable application fee
does not guarantee you will be connected to the sewer system.
Are There Any Other Charges For Sewer Connection?
There is a $149.50 charge for operation and maintenance of the
sewer system billed on a quarterly basis. This fee includes 24-hour,
7 days a week, 365 days per year technical support and response
in the case of a grinder pump alarm or emergency.
To reach a grinder pump technician please dial (810)
217-6085. Please speak clearly and leave
your name, address, and a telephone number where you can
be reached. A technician will automatically be paged and
will respond to your call. Magnets with the Township's telephone
number are available at the Township offices.
When am I liable for repair costs to my grinder
pump, sewer line and connections (bill back procedures)?
Bill Back Procedures for Owner Related
The Hamburg Township Board of Trustees adopted the following bill
back procedures for owner related sewer repairs at its
regular meeting on Tuesday, February 17, 2009, 7 p.m.:
The following procedures shall apply to all properties
connected to the Hamburg Township Sanitary Sewer System (HTSSS),
including but not limited to residential, commercial and/or industrial
users. The Owner and, where appropriate, his authorized representative,
shall indemnify and hold the Township, its officers, agents, employees,
and representatives free and harmless from any liability or responsibility
for all injury, loss or damage that may result directly or indirectly
from any damages resulting from the Owner’s negligence or
misuse of the HTSSS. Township policy requires, for safety
purposes, that two (2) DPW Technicians shall report to all grinder
pump and sewer emergency calls.
1. Grinder calls received during regular Department
of Public Works (DPW) hours of operation, from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30
p.m., shall be responded to as follows:
- DPW Technicians will take thorough notes regarding the nature
of the problem(s) for inclusion in the home’s grinder
pump maintenance file, and
- If it is determined by DPW staff that the call is a result
of a blown fuse, shut-off power breaker, or other minor problem
that does not require the removal of the grinder pump, the property
owner will not be billed; however,
- If the DPW Technicians conclude that the call is a result of
neglect, misuse, intentional damage to the grinder pump parts,
or introduction of substances prohibited from being discharged
into the HTSSS, a bill will be issued to the owner of the property.
2. Grinder pump calls responded to after normal DPW hours of operation,
7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., or on holidays and/or weekends shall be
documented by the DPW Technicians, including complete notes describing
the problem(s), photographs if necessary, and written transcripts
of conversations between the DPW staff and the property owners
or parties involved in the call.
3. All grinder calls received for equipment failures and/or repair
such as blown fuses, blocked or plugged building sewer pipes, etc.,
that are not a part of the Hamburg Township Sanitary Sewer System
(HTSSS), or other work not related to, or part of the HTSSS equipment,
including misuse of any part of the HTSSS will be billed back to
the property owner.
4. The Township shall be authorized to recoup all costs and expenses
associated with sewer emergency calls for Owner related operation
and/or maintenance services.
5. Grinder calls that are found to be the responsibility of the
property owner due to neglect or misuse of the sanitary sewer system
or for repairs to equipment that is not a part of the Township’s
sewer system the property owner shall be billed at a blended hourly
rate for the DPW staff time. A minimum charge of two (2)
hours for two DPW Technicians shall be billed for said call.
6. All reports of grinder related incidents will be forwarded
by the DPW Technicians to the DPW Field Superintendent for review
and determination if an invoice should be sent to the property
owner. The DPW field superintendent shall prepare a memo outlining
the charges, including labor, materials, and a 10% administrative
fee, resulting from DPW staff services provided for owner related
7. A request to bill the property owner for the owner related
damages to the HTSSS shall be forwarded to the Accounting Department
for creation of an invoice. A copy of the invoiced shall
also be forwarded to the Utilities Coordinator for inclusion in
the address file maintained at the Township offices.
8. Pursuant to Ordinance No. 69, the property owner shall have
the right to appeal the sewer repair charges to the Municipal Utilities
Committee (MUC). The DPW Field Superintendent shall forward
all documentation to MUC for their review and recommendation to
the Board of Trustees.
9. If the Township Board of Trustees determines that the Owner
is responsible for the sewer repair costs, the Owner shall reimburse
the Township for said expenditures immediately. The Owner
shall be subject to and shall comply with the provisions of Section
7(F)(5) as set forth in Ordinance No. 69.
Updated June 7, 2010