City Offices will be closed on Monday, May 27, 2019 for Memorial Day. Rubbish, yard waste and recycling will not be collected on Memorial Day. All routes will be one day delayed. Friday’s routes will be picked up on Saturday, June 1, 2019.
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Water Plant: 313-885-6600
Water Billing: 313-885-6600 x1239
Grosse Pointe Farms is one of the few municipalities in the metropolitan Detroit area that has its own water filtration plant. This allows greater local control of the quality of the City's finished water (which exceeds national standards). Water that comes from an intake in Lake St. Clair is treated at 29 Moross Road. Grosse Pointe Farms also sells water to Grosse Pointe City. Sewage is treated at Detroit's sewage treatment plant near River Rouge. The cost of sewage (indicated on the City's water bills) is based on water usage.
"For the Water Department, my ultimate objective is to provide safe and abundant drinking water, which is both aesthetically pleasing and free from pathogenic organisms, to the community, at the lowest possible cost, while exceeding all federal and state regulations," - Scott Homminga, Superintendent of Water
Scott Homminga, Water Superintendent
Scott Homminga was hired as the Water Superintendent in 2003, managing day-to-day operations of both the City of Grosse Pointe Farms Water Filtration Plant and Kerby Road Sewage Pumping Station. The department consists of eight full time employees with an average annual budget of $5 million. Before coming to Grosse Pointe Farms Scott Homminga was the Assistant Water Superintendent for the City of Wyandotte for five years. In total he has over twenty-three years experience working in both the water and wastewater industries.
Mr. Homminga holds an A.A.S Degree in Water Purification Technology and has obtained an F-1 and S-1 certification, which is the highest Michigan Department of Environmental Quality certification classification in both water treatment and water distribution. Additional certifications Mr. Homminga holds are C, D classification from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality for wastewater treatment and a Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Storm Water Management Operator Certificate.
Over the years, Mr. Homminga has served in several Michigan Section American Water Works Association committees and just recently completed a three year Michigan Public Service Institute course at Central Michigan University. He is currently a member of the American Water Works Association, Michigan Rural Water Association and Michigan Water Environment Association.
The City of Grosse Pointe Farms Water Department operates and maintains a 10 million gallon a day rated water filtration plant that furnishes drinking water for both the City of Grosse Pointe Farms and the City of Grosse Pointe. This includes maintaining approximately 44 miles of water main and 4,128 residential and commercial meters. The department also operates and maintains both the Kerby Road Sewage Pumping Station, with a rated maximum capacity of 358 million gallons a day, and three storm sewer overflows.