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                      Shelby Township joins effort to reduce wastewater flowing into damaged sewer


The damage to the sewer line in Fraser has no effect on the county or township’s water supply, and there are no concerns with water quality resulting from the sewer line failure.


Following the failure of the 11-foot diameter drain near 15 mile and Utica roads in Fraser, Shelby Township is joining an effort spanning approximately 150,000 homes and 300,000 residents in Macomb County to reduce the wastewater flowing into the damaged sewer.

Due to a blockage found in the damaged pipe early Thursday January 26, the Macomb County Public Works issued the following alert:

Shifting sediment has greatly reduced the amount of sewage able to flow through the damaged sewer interceptor line along 15 Mile Road in Fraser.

The Macomb County Office of Public Works is urging residents and businesses of the 11 communities served by the line to reduce the flow of water going down their drains. ( Fraser, Sterling Heights, Utica and New Haven  and  Chesterfield,  Shelby,  Clinton,  Harrison,  Lenox,  Washington,  and  Macomb  townships.)


Residents and businesses in those communities are strongly urged to take the following actions:


  • · Reduce the length of showers
  • · Only flush solids in the toilet
  • · Only run full wash loads
  • · Don’t run the water while brushing teeth.
  • · Run full dishwasher loads only


Per the Macomb County Department of Public Works (MCDPW), work at the site of the 15 Mile Sewer/Sinkhole continues round the clock.

Short-, mid- and long-term solutions are planned and being implemented, but there is an immediate need to reduce the flow of wastewater so this flow doesn’t end up in rivers, streams, and basements.

The MCDPW has established a phone line dedicated to answering any questions about the conservation initiative, and it is (586) 493-6744.

For water conservation tips from the United States Environmental Protection Agency, visit

The Shelby Township Department of Public Works is dedicated to maintaining a safe, potable water supply for domestic use and fire suppression while providing a quality of service above the expectations of our customers. In doing so, our crew of trained individuals maintain over 325 miles of water mains and 175 miles of sanitary sewer mains. Over 26,000 households are billed on a quarterly basis.
- David G. Miller, II
Director of Public
2017 Water and Sewer Rates
  • Water Rate - $ 4.136 per hundred cubic feet (748 gallons)
  • Sewer Rate - $ 5.315 per hundred cubic feet (748 gallons)
  • Administration Fee - Water $2.50 / Sewer $1.65
  • Rates are in effect for any bill produced after January 1, 2017

Online Water Bill Payments now available!

Shelby Township DPW is now accepting credit cards, debit cards and eChecks (checking or savings) for payment of your water/sewer bills online.  You will need your bill’s account number ( 9 digits plus the 3 digit code) along with the last name on the account to access the eSuites link.  The convenience fee for credit/debit cards is 2 ½% of the payment amount and the convenience fee for eChecks is $1.00. 
          To begin – click on “Bill Payment” on the left of this screen.

The Pipeline
The Shelby Township Department of Public Works is pleased to announce the 2017 Issue of "The Pipeline". Presented to you by DPW Director Dave Miller on behalf of the DPW, "The Pipeline" is the Township's annual report regarding the safety and quality of your municipal drinking water. 
Shelby Township Department of Public Works is pleased to announce that they are now a member of the Water Residential Assistance Program (WRAP).
Wrap is a program designed to assist residents with paying their water and sewer bills.  Funds are provided through a collaborative effort of communities served by Great Lakes Water Authority. 
To learn more about this program or to apply, go to: or call  1-313-386-WRAP (9727)
STDPWBuilding  Shelby Township Department of Public Works
6333 23 Mile Road
Shelby Township, MI 48316
Phone (586) 731-5990