Connecting to Public Water and/or Sewer

New Construction

Fees, permits, and inspections for connecting to public Water and/or Sewer will be prepared and provided to the Builders together with all other  New Construction Building permits.

Existing Building or Residence

If you have an existing building or residence, and would like to connect to public water and/or sewer, the Department of Public Works requires a minimun of 3 business days to calculate the fees.

For additional assistance, contact  Carrie Freeland in the Department of Public works:
                                                                         (586) 786-0010 press 221 or by email.

Outline of Procedures for Connecting

  1. Hire a contractor to install the water service line or install it yourself. If a service line is already installed, it must be exposed at the property line before the Department of Public Works can make the water connection.
  2. Obtain a plumbing permit at the Department of Public Works. The Department of Public Works charges a fee for the permit, which includes a future inspection of the plumbing for the water meter. Underground plumbing inspection must be performed by the Department of Public Works prior to the water connection.
  3. Complete the permit and pay the water connection fees at Washington Township Hall.
  4. Upon completion and payment of steps 2 and 3 above, it takes approximately 2 weeks before the Department of Public Works can make  the water connection. However, if you are completely out of water and can demonstrate an emergency, we will try to make the connection within 72  hours.
  5. Once the Department of Public Works makes the connection, the plumbing must be completed by the homeowner or plumbing  contractor before the meter installation.
  6. Once the plumbing is completed, notify the Department of Public Works to perform a rough plumbing inspection and meter installation. They can be reached at the automated DPW Inspection Request Line  (586) 786-0010 press 222.
You will receive a bill for metered water use.  For properties with public sewer, the metered use from the water meter is billed for sewer use at current rates. For properties with pubic sewer, but no public water, sewer use is billed at a flat rate set by Ordinance. See Current Water & Sewer Rates for more information.