Systems ControlInfrastructure Service

The Systems Control staff operates and maintains the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition System (SCADA) an electronic notification system for monitoring system status, alarms, and security at well houses, pressure reducing valves, wastewater treatment plants, sanitary sewer lift stations, rain gauges, lake levels, etc. Staff provides engineering plan review and control system inspections for new sewage pump stations and community well houses and maintain sites to both the National Electrical Code and Oakland County standards.

Additional services include:

  • Portable generator service with ten portable generators for emergency power
  • Personnel lift services providing elevated height service and maintenance
  • Gas detector maintenance and calibration. (Maintaining more than 100 portable gas detectors and seven fixed site gas detectors)
  • Grinder pump dialers for automatic dial-up to our 24 hour, seven days a week emergency dispatch center
  • Master electrician reviews of site plans for new water or sanitary facilities

Lake Level Controls

The WRC is the delegated authority to operate and maintain certain lake level control structures at designated Oakland County locations. Fifty-three lakes in Oakland County have court ordered lake levels, regulated by 36 control structures and eight augmentation pumps.

Lake Improvement Boards

The WRC staff serves as one of the five members on designated lake improvement boards across Oakland County. There are 50 lake improvement boards in Oakland County. We have also created a step-by-step comprehensive Lake Improvement Board Manual for use by all lake boards.

Pump Maintenance & Retention Treatment Basins
The WRC operates and maintains more than 214 facilities comprised of sewage pump stations, retention treatment basins, community well and water treatment sites, pressure reducing facilities, sewage retention facilities, lake level augmentation sites and storm water retention facilities.

  • Preventive and predictive maintenance performed on critical equipment at all sites
  • Automated control of remote sites
  • Trained and licensed staff (MDEQ Wastewater licenses A to D, MDEQ Industrial/Commercial Wastewater Treatment licenses A-1b, A-1d and C-2a, and MDEQ Water Treatment & Distribution System licenses D-1, D-2, D-3, D-4, S-1, S-2, S-3 and S-4)
  • Compliance with multiple CSO basin NPDES permits
  • 24-hour on-call service, seven days a week
  • Maintain a fleet of service vehicles equipped with cranes and necessary tools and electrical test equipment to diagnose problems in order to trouble shoot and repair equipment
  • Maintenance of more than 2,000 residential grinder pumps
    Plan review of new and upgraded facilities
  • Start-up inspection of residential and commercial grinder pump systems
  • Construction inspection of new sewage pump stations and community well-houses, water treatment plants and water storage reservoirs

Sewer & Drain Maintenance

WRC operates and maintains all county-owned sewers and maintains many individual CVT sewer systems under contract.  We also operate and maintain various drains in the county authorized by law. Additionally, the WRC provides drain and sewer inspection, maintenance and sewage flow metering; reviews engineering plans; and operates and maintains lake level control structures. The following is a partial list of services.

  • Equipped with data programs tracking manhole repairs, inspections, maintenance and video taping
  • Multiple vactor high-pressure cleaning trucks
  • Jet, high-pressure cleaning trucks with back easement machine
  • Closed circuit televising trucks equipped with 1000' of video cable with footage counter, digital recording for reports and reference, digital stills, and a tracking system to locate any missing manholes or areas of sewer/drain in need of repair
  • Backhoe, bulldozer, skid steer, and two dump trucks and trailers
  • Multiple manhole repair trucks equipped with 25’ cranes and equipment to make necessary manhole repairs
  • Inspection crews equipped with digital cameras
  • Regulatory compliance

Wastewater Treatment & Laboratory Services

The WRC operates and maintains several wastewater treatment plants and community septic systems, ranging in capacity from 3,500 gallons a day to 8.5 million gallons a day.

  • Commitment to operations excellence and regulatory compliance (NACWA Peak Performance Awards received eight years running)
  • Trained and licensed staff (10 licensed operators ranging from MDEQ class A to MDEQ class D) with expertise in various wastewater treatment technologies and processes
  • 24-hour on-call service, seven days a week
  • Plan review of new and upgraded wastewater treatment plants
  • Operational suggestions, expertise and technical support provided to system owners who need to upgrade and/or modify their existing treatment systems to meet new or more stringent discharge permit requirements
  • Biosolids land application program
  • Operation of a full time in-house MDEQ certified laboratory for wastewater and drinking water sample analysis

Water & Sewer Engineering Support

Our office is experienced in developing and adhering to system budgets, oversight of system compliance and regulatory reporting. We handle all sewer flow and rain gauge data used to verify billing and monitor contract compliance for current customers. We are responsible for monitoring overflow events, controlling retention basin dewatering and assisting with direct maintenance efforts.

Water System Operation & Maintenance
The WRC operates and maintains Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) supplied drinking water systems to a number of cities, villages and townships (CVTs) in Oakland County. 

Our services include:

  • Water main rehabilitation and repair, distribution valve inspection and repair, fire hydrant pumping, inspection and repair, water system flushing program and water service tap installation
  • Water quality investigations
  • Meter reading and meter maintenance
  • Publish annual Consumer Confidence Reports
  • Pressure and bacteriological testing
  • New construction inspection