Public Water

The KLA Group is planning to extend public water to Big Rock Drive in 2023 as shown on the figure to the right. The contract for the work was awarded to SWT Excavating located in Galesburg, Michigan. The work is expected to commence in mid-June and be completed in late 2023.

The work is being completed as part of the remediation plan for the Landfill approved by the USEPA. Groundwater in this area is regularly monitored by the KLA Group for 1,4-Diethylene Dioxide (1,4-DD, also known as 1,4-dioxane). The approved remediation plan requires that municipal water be supplied to residents within a designated area, known as a "groundwater restricted zone" or "GRZ.” The GRZ encompasses an area where a certain level of 1,4-DD has been detected, plus a one-thousand-foot downgradient buffer zone. The current GRZ established in 2016 is planned to be expanded and will include properties on Big Rock Drive. Once the expanded GRZ area is finalized, drinking water wells will be prohibited in the GRZ pursuant to Kalamazoo County’s Sanitary Code.

Once municipal water service is extended to the Big Rock Road area, properties within the GRZ will be connected to the new water service. The cost of the initial connection will be paid for by the KLA Group. In addition, properties outside the planned GRZ will be connected to public water if a drinking water well sample has any detections (at any level) of 1,4-DD and the property owner requests the connection. The City of Kalamazoo will distribute New Water Supply Applications to residents providing additional information on the project prior to the start of construction.

For more information, contact the project team at (888) 625-4824.