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Department of Public Works

Call the Department at (734) 429-5624



Hydrant Flushing Map

OCTOBER 4-15, 2021

The City of Saline will begin flushing hydrants as part of a routine maintenance program to achieve the highest water quality to residents. 

Starting October 4, 2021, the Department of Public Works (DPW) will flush various hydrants throughout the City.  Hydrant flushing will continue through early Wednesday, October 20, 2021. 

Although it may appear that hydrant flushing is ‘wasting water’, hydrant flushing is an important preventative maintenance step to the City’s water distribution system.

When hydrant flushing occurs within your area, you may notice…

·         Various hydrants open with water running down the street

·         Water discoloration 

­    No need to be alarmed, water discoloration is normal during flushing and is not harmful. 

­    Discoloration is caused by mineral deposits that have settled in the water main being stirred up during flushing. 

­    Running cold water for a few minutes will allow clear water to work its way from the water main into your pipes clearing up any discoloration. 

If discoloration still occurs, wait a few more minutes and try running the cold water again.  It is best to run the lowest cold water tap (basement) closest to where your water line enters your house. 

·         Low water pressure 

    This may occur if various nearby hydrants are flushed at the same time you access your water. 

    This may occur if built-up sediment from the flushing is trapped in the faucet screen. 

Hydrant flushing will take place overnight to minimize these problems.

For more information regarding hydrant flushing, please contact the Department of Public Works at (734) 429-5624.



There will be NO DELAY with residential curbside collection during the week of October 11th due to Columbus Day.

Residential curbside trash, recycling and yard waste will be collected as regularly scheduled on Thursday, October 14th & Friday, October 15th.



10/21/21 – 12/03/21

The City of Saline’s Loose-Leaf Collection Program will begin Thursday, October 21, 2021 and continue through Friday, December 3, 2021. 

Residents must have all leaves raked out at the curb by Sunday, November 28, 2021. 

Beginning Monday, November 29, 2021, the DPW will make a final pass through each street collecting leaves. 

Leaves not at the curb by Sunday, November 28, 2021, will not be collected.


Cross Connection Residential Program

The City of Saline is required under Public Act 399, Part 14, to maintain a cross connection control program to identify and eliminate any possible connections that could contaminate the public water system.

What is a cross connection?
A cross connection is an arrangement of piping that could allow undesirable water, sewage, or chemical solutions to enter your drinking (potable) water system as a result of back flow. Cross connections with potable piping systems have resulted in numerous cases of illness and even death.

How does this program impact me, a resident?
Inspectors from our contractors, HydroCorp, will be inspecting the exterior of each residential home in the City of Salne. This process will take quite some time and needs to be completed on a ten year cycle. 

How will I know when my property is going to be inspected?
You will receive notice from HydrCorp approximately two weeks before your scheduled inspection. On the day of inspection, you may notice a car with HydroCorp decals, a sandwich board to let residents know the inspector is in your neighborhood and inspecting. The inspector will be wearing a brightly colored vest wth the HydroCorp logo.

Inspectors will NEVER request access to your home.Please do not let anyone into your home, if you are concerned, please call the Saline Police Department non-emergency line at (734) 429-7911.

What will the inspectors be looking for?
HydroCorp inspectors are looking at the outside water sources of your home, which include water spigots and sprinkler or lawn irrigation systems. Pools and hot tubs in most instances will be part of a hose system on your spigot, but if not, they will be inspected too. Inspectors are looking to ensure all of your outside water sources have properly working backflow prevention systems. The entire inspection is expected to last approximately 5 minutes.

You do not need to be present for the inspection, however, inspectors do need to be in your front and back yard. If it is locked or you have pets, the inspector may ask you to a,low them access or to remove the pet from the yard before they can inspect. If you are not home, the inspector will leave you a door tag or send you a letter to let you know they will need access at a later date.

How will I know the result of my inspection
Your HydroCorp inspector will leave you a door tag with the results of your inspection. The results may include:

  • You are in full compliance and require no further action.
  • The backflow prevention system is missing a vacuum breaker - one will be left for you to install – with instructions on completing the approval process online.
  • Corrections are needed. The most common correction is a backflow prevention system that must be installed to your sprinkler/lawn irrigation system or other devices, which will require a properly licensed plumbing contractor to complete and certify the work.

Where can I find more information?
Please visit the HydroCorp website for a more detailed FAQ page.


The Department of Public Works is responsible for the following City services:

DPW TrucksWater Distribution System

Maintenance and repair of the water distribution system and appurtenances, including fire hydrants, install domestic and sprinkler meters, read water meters for quarterly billing and final read for home purchases. Utility staking of Miss Dig requests.

Sanitary & Storm Sewer Collection Systems

Maintenance and repair of the sewer collection systems. See the FAQ page for some answers to common sewer questions.

Recycling, Trash, and Yard Waste

Coordination with Waste Management for residential and commercial trash removal, recycling, and yard waste programs.

Fleet Services

Purchase and maintain all City vehicles and equipment.

Transit Services

The City of Saline subsidizes the cost of transit services for low income and senior citizens through People’s Express. People’s Express bus transportation is available to residents of the City for destinations within the City limits and to certain locations in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti. Read more »

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Maintenance of 11 public parks including the maintenance of play equipment.

Community Events

Coordinate with event organizers and provide support for community events.

DPW CrewMajor and Local Streets

Maintenance and repair of city’s street system including snow removal, pavement repair, and sweeping.


Repair or reduce trip hazards and snow removal from City owned sidewalks.

Street Lights

Reporting of street light failures to Detroit Edison.

Street Signs

Install and maintain various signs throughout the City. Requests for new signs must be made to the Saline Police Chief.

Traffic Signals

Maintenance and repair of traffic signals (except for traffic signals located on Michigan Avenue, which are maintained by Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT)).

oakwoodcemetery_dpw_working.jpgCemetery Operations

Operate and maintain Oakwood Cemetery.