Important Information

The purpose of this project is two-fold: First, to convert an area north of 5 Mile Road from the Water System’s Intermediate Pressure District to the High Pressure District, which will increase water pressure by about 40 psi. Second, to replace old, cast iron water main that is nearing the end of its useful life. Full road reconstruction will take place in the areas affected by construction.

The area that will be converted to higher pressure is shown in green on the map, and the areas in which physical construction will occur are highlighted in red. All construction needs to occur before the pressure switch can take place, and we will provide additional information about this process as construction progresses.

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Prein&Newhof will have personnel in the field on behalf of Plainfield Charter Township.

Wayne Wiersema
On-site Contact
(616) 3409791

Kevin Gritters, PE
Project Manager
(616) 4326701

Jeremy Kamp, PE
Project Engineer
(616) 4326709

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Contractor: Schippers Excavating

Trevor Moelker
(616) 4379969

Plainfield Township – Water System: 5 Mile Area Pressure Conversion

 

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Progress Report

All of the water main work has now been completed and we are about one month into the water pressure increase in the Rockhill Neighborhood. Remaining traffic control will be removed yet in 2021. Schippers Excavating will be back in the Spring of 2022 to restore the disturbed areas along Plainfield Avenue which were unable to be restored this year due to the weather and complete any remaining restoration work.

Thank you for your patience throughout this long, yet successful project!

 

What to Expect

Spring 2022
  • Final Restoration Work

Progress Report

Next week, Schippers Excavating will have a crew on site along Plainfield Avenue to begin the water service conversions along Plainfield Avenue. The following addresses will have a new water service installed across Plainfield Avenue, which will then convert the water pressure in the building and increase it by about 40 pounds per square inch (psi). This work is anticipated to start the week of Thanksgiving and should be completed within the first week of December.

  • 4462 Plainfield Ave
  • 4488 Plainfield Ave
  • 4518 Plainfield Ave
  • 4550 Plainfield Ave
  • 4592 Plainfield Ave
  • 4598 Plainfield Ave
  • 4612 Plainfield Ave
  • 4630 Plainfield Ave

 

In addition, the pressure conversion was successfully completed on Tuesday by the Plainfield Water Department. The static pressures in the conversion area were increased by about 40 psi. If you have any issues with your water pressure, please contact the Water Department at (616) 363–9660 between the hours of 7:30 AM and 4:00 PM on weekdays.

 

What to Expect/Project Timeline

November/December
  • Water Service conversions along Plainfield Avenue
  • Project clean up

Progress Report

Next week, Schippers Excavating will have a crew on site along Plainfield Avenue to begin the water service conversions along Plainfield Avenue.

The pressure conversion date has been set for 9:00AM on Tuesday, November 16, 2021. This is the date that homes and businesses in the green highlighted area on the map above will see their water pressure increase about 40 pounds per square inch (psi). Residents affected by the pressure conversion will receive a letter late this week or early next week with more details about the pressure conversion and what to expect. It is important to note that the increase in pressure could cause a water leak(s) in your home. The most common places for a leak to occur is washing machine hoses, toilets, dishwashers, ice makers, and water heater pressure relief valves. Since there is the potential for leaks, it is required that someone be present on Tuesday, November 16, 2021, at 9:00AM to inspect your home for any leaks that may occur.

If you are unable to have someone home during the day of Tuesday, November 16, then it is highly recommended that you turn your water off at the meter using the shut off valve (located on the house side of the water meter—your plumbing is connected to this) until someone can be present. Please check your shut off valve before Tuesday, November 16, 2021, because it is common for older valves to fail. To test your shut off valve, slowly close and open it several times, making sure that it will turn the water supply off completely (closing) and then restoring the water flow completely (opening).

After the pressure conversion is made, water distribution crews will be in the area flushing hydrants. During this time, you may experience some slight discoloration in your water. If this occurs, simply let your water run until the water clears up.

 

Project Timeline

November
  • Water Service conversions along Plainfield Avenue
  • Project clean up

Progress Report

Residents in the pressure conversion area whose water pressure is anticipated to be 90 pounds per square inch (psi) or greater after the conversion takes place should have received a letter offering them a free pressure reducing valve (PRV). The general area of the higher pressure is along Cedar Ridge Drive. The PRV can be picked up free of charge from the Plainfield Township Water Department Building at 5195 Plainfield Avenue. You are responsible for hiring a plumber to install the PRV. We estimate the cost for a plumber to install the PRV will be in the range of $300-$500. The PRV should be installed by November 8, 2021, to ensure that it is operational before the actual pressure conversion takes place later in November.

The Plainfield Water Department is working on setting a date that the actual pressure conversion will take place. Once this date is finalized, a final letter will be sent to all residents who will be affected by the pressure increase. This letter will let you know when the pressure conversion will take place and have recommendations on what you should do prior to and on the date of the pressure conversion.

Please contact a project representative if you have questions or concerns.

 

What to Expect

October

·         Water Service conversions along Plainfield Avenue.

·         Project clean up

 

This week:

  • Schippers landscaper, H&K Landscaping, completed final lawn restoration in the Bonneville Drive area.
  • Schippers had a crew on site working on punch list items.

Next week:

  • Final project cleanup.


Please contact a project representative if you have questions or concerns.

 

Progress Report

This week:
  • Final paving in the Bonneville Drive area was completed last week Saturday.
  • Schippers had an irrigation contractor on site working on repairing damaged irrigation systems.
  • Schippers had their landscaper, H&K Landscaping, on site this week to work on final lawn restoration in the Bonneville Drive area.
Next week:
  • Final project cleanup
  • Water service conversions along Plainfield Avenue

 

What to Expect/Project Timeline

October
  • Water Service conversions along Plainfield Avenue
  • Final restoration and project clean up

Progress Report

Final paving in the Bonneville Drive area is scheduled for Saturday, September 25.

 
This week:
  • General project cleanup was completed in preparation for final paving.
  • The rain has delayed the final top course paving in the Bonneville Drive Area. Black Gold is scheduled to have two crews on site Saturday, September 25, to pave Bonanza Drive, Bonneville Drive, court streets, and the remaining driveways.
 
Next week:
  • H&K Landscaping, Schipper’s lawn restoration subcontractor, will be on site to begin final lawn restoration.

 

What to Expect

September – October
  • Water Service conversions along Plainfield Avenue
  • Final paving, restoration, and project clean up

Progress Report

This Week
  • Manhole covers and water main valve boxes in the road were adjusted in preparation for final top course paving on Bonneville Drive north of Brisam Street.
  • Black Gold was on site Wednesday and paved most of the asphalt driveways.
Next Week
  • The holes around manhole covers and water main valve boxes will be filled in prior to top course paving.
  • Black Gold is scheduled to be on site to place the top course of asphalt on the road in the Bonneville Drive area on September 23 – 24.
  • Schippers Excavating is scheduled to begin water service work along Plainfield Avenue.

 

What to Expect

September
  • Water Service conversions along Plainfield Avenue.
  • Final paving, restoration, and project clean up.

Progress Report

This Week
  • Schippers was on site middle of the week to address curb stop box issues that the Water Department had flagged.
  • Schippers also completed some other outstanding items in the Bonneville Drive area.
Week of September 13
  • Black Gold will be on site to place the base course of asphalt on driveways in the Bonneville Drive area September 15th.
Week of September 20
  • Black Gold will be on site to place the top course of asphalt on the road and driveways in the Bonneville Drive area September 23rd and 24th.
  • Schippers Excavating will begin water service work along Plainfield Avenue.

 

All of the above dates are tentative and may change depending on weather.

 

What to Expect/Project Timeline

September
  • Water Service conversions along Plainfield Avenue
  • Final paving, restoration, and project clean up

Progress Report

This week
  • Schippers had an irrigation contractor on site to begin repairing the irrigation systems damaged during construction.
  • Schippers is actively working with their paving subcontractor, Black Gold, to schedule a date for driveway paving as well as final top course paving. Once these dates have been set, we will communicate them with you.
Next week
  • Schippers will have a crew on site to do general clean up and begin to work on punch list items.
  • Schippers will also be working to prep the northern part of Bonneville drive for final paving by raising manhole covers and water main valve boxes in the road.

 

What to Expect

September
  • Water Service conversions along Plainfield Avenue.
  • Final paving, restoration, and project clean up.