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Ypsilanti Community Utilties Authority

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Ypsilanti Community Utilities Authority

2777 State Rd.
Ypsilanti, MI 48197


Business Overview

The Ypsilanti Community Utilities Authority (YCUA) provides water and wastewater services to the Ypsilanti area. Water and/or wastewater services are provided to the City of Ypsilanti, Charter Township of Ypsilanti, Pittsfield Township, Augusta Township, Sumpter Township and Superior Township. YCUA contracts with the Western Townships Utilities Authority (WTUA) to provide wastewater treatment services for the Townships of Canton, Northville, and Plymouth. 

Annually, YCUA processes over eight billion gallons of wastewater at their plant located at McGregor and State Streets near Willow Run Airport. YCUA delivers five billion gallons of water each year. In the City of Ypsilanti and Ypsilanti Township, YCUA delivers direct services to every home and business (approximately 18,000). In the other communities, YCUA contracts to provide bulk water and wastewater services. 

The annual Operating Budget for the Authority is approximately $36 million. Our Capital Budget for fiscal year 2011 - 2012 was approximately $6 million, consisting primarily of improvements to selected sewage pumping stations and replacement of old water main. Delivering water to our customers and collecting and treating the wastewater generated are the primary functions of the Authority. Assuring the continued viability of our existing infrastructure and planning for the future water and wastewater needs of our communities is a vital function. The YCUA board is concerned with providing the proper facilities to handle the growth of the Ypsilanti area and Western Wayne communities with whom the Authority began contracting sewage treatment services in 1993. 

Growth in the Wayne County townships of Plymouth, Canton, and Northville has resulted in a request by the Western Townships Utilities Authority, the organization which represents the three townships, to expand our wastewater plant to treat the wastewater generated in their communities. Presently, the wastewater from the three communities is divided between the YCUA system and the Wayne County system. 

Construction on the plant expansion and improvements project, which added 17 MGD to the YCUA wastewater facility, began in 2002 and continued through 2006. The YCUA Wastewater Treatment Plant is now rated to treat 51.3 million gallons of wastewater per day. 

Many water and sewer mains within Ypsilanti and Ypsilanti Township are identified as needing replacement, either because of age or inadequate size. These replacements are being scheduled as time and funds permit. In the 2012 construction season one water main replacement project replacing one mile of main in Golfside Road is scheduled. 

Above ground investments include six water towers including the famous stone water tower near the campus of Eastern Michigan University. 

Average water use is 14 million gallons a day. In the summer, use may hit 25 million gallons in a single day. 

In keeping with our mission to provide top quality, cost effective, environmentally safe water and wastewater services to our customers, YCUA is continually upgrading its infrastructure.  Please check our website for more information.


Sustainable Practices

The Ypsilanti Community Utilities Authority (YCUA) provides wastewater treatment to Ypsilanti residents as well as residents in outlying areas. A wide variety of items are recycled among the 127 employees including yard waste, scrap metal and fluorescent lights. Employees are responsible for collecting and transporting their recyclables to one of the Ypsilanti Township recycling drop-off locations. YCUA has also made a commitment to close the recycling loop by purchasing high post-consumer recycled content materials such as hanging files, printer paper and paper pads. In order to reduce their waste, electronic and web based documents are utilized as well as paperless invoicing. Used paper is reused as note pads and the facility also participates in a waste oil recovery program. In addition to these programs, the Ypsilanti Community Utilities Authority is further protecting the environment by instituting a storm water management plan and has completed their spill prevention plan.


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