Footing Drain Disconnection Program
What is it?
A footing drain is a series of pipes around and under your home that moves groundwater and stormwater away from your foundation to prevent it from entering your home. Prior to 1987, homes in Midland were often built to connect their footing drains to the sanitary sewer system. The result: 1) The City's sanitary sewer system becoming overwhelmed with water that shouldn't be there, particularly during heavy rain events, which causes sewer back-ups into homes; and 2) the Wastewater Reclamation Facility unnecessarily treating clean storm water, which increases wear-and-tear on plant equipment, and increased operational costs, which result in higher rates for utility payers.
A footing drain disconnection program (FDDP) aims to remove clean water from the sanitary sewer system by removing the existing connection between a home's footing drains and the sanitary sewer and redirecting that water to the storm sewer system.
The City of Midland has proposed a footing drain disconnection program for two neighborhoods as part of its Concept 5 Sewer Improvement Plan. (Get more information on that program here.)
Which homes are included in the program?
Approximately 300 homes in the Moorland and Whitewood neighborhoods are included in this potential program due to sewer flow data collected, modeling done, and experiences with sewer back-ups.
Click the images below to view larger versions of each map, which include an estimated timeline for work and the map of actual properties slated for program participation.
Map: Project Phase Timeline
Read or watch: Frequently Asked Questions
Have questions about the Footing Drain Disconnection Program? We've compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions that can help you better understand how the program works, why it's being proposed, and why your participation is so ciritcal to its success.
Watch the video or click this link to read the FAQ document.
Neighborhood meetings were held in August and September 2021 with similar information provided at those meetings, We recommend reviewing these materials above, as some information may have changed.
Latest updates: September 2023
Street Reconstruction, Whitewood Phase 1 Public Infrastructure to Complete in November 2023
The public infrastructure portion of the Whitewood FDDP area that began in May 2023 is estimated to be completed by early November 2023. This is about 6 months ahead of the previously announced completion date of Spring 2024!
This early completion will have no impact on the private phasing portion of the FDDP that will directly involve residents and include actionable work for private property.
Click here for project information.
City Hosts Phase-Based FDDP Meetings
City staff have begun hosting a series of small, informal meetings with residents and approved plumbing contractors to discuss FDDP private property work in more detail. Information will be sent out by letter, with meetings occuring periodically by phase. Click here to view the presentation (PDF).
List of Approved Plumbing Contractors for Private FDDP Work
The City has identified a list of pre-approved plumbing contractors who have been verified as capable of performing a footing drain disconnection within the scope of the current program design. For a detailed description of the FDDP specifications, please click the link below.
|Pre-Approved Plumbing Contractors|
|Company Name||Phone Number||Company Address|
|Blue Restoration LLC||989-615-4682||5004 Bristlecone Dr, Midland, MI 48642|
|Reliable Plumbing & Heating||989-835-6451||414 E. Lyon Rd, Midland, MI 48640|
|Dependable Sewer Service (Foco Inc.)||989-892-3011||512 McGraw St, Bay City, MI 48708|
|Remer Plumbing, Heating, & Air Conditioning||989-792-8738||5565 State St, Saginaw, MI 48603|
|Wesolek Plumbing, LLC||989-793-9371||1910 Midland Rd, Saginaw, MI 48638|
|Brubaker Plumbing & Heating||989-835-1947||404 W. Wackerly St, Midland, MI 48640|
|Wilds Plumbing, Heating & AC||989-835-3925||6210 W. Wackerly St, Midland, MI 48642|
This list last updated: June 27, 2023