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.

Whitewood Neighborhood

Map: Project Phase Timeline

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Moorland Neighborhood

Map: Project Phase Timeline

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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 NamePhone NumberCompany Address
Blue Restoration LLC989-615-46825004 Bristlecone Dr, Midland, MI 48642
Reliable Plumbing & Heating989-835-6451414 E. Lyon Rd, Midland, MI 48640
Dependable Sewer Service (Foco Inc.)989-892-3011512 McGraw St, Bay City, MI 48708
Remer Plumbing, Heating, & Air Conditioning989-792-87385565 State St, Saginaw, MI 48603
Wesolek Plumbing, LLC989-793-93711910 Midland Rd, Saginaw, MI 48638
Brubaker Plumbing & Heating989-835-1947404 W. Wackerly St, Midland, MI 48640
Wilds Plumbing, Heating & AC989-835-39256210 W. Wackerly St, Midland, MI 48642

This list last updated: June 27, 2023

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    Water Reclamation Facility

    2125 Austin Street
    Midland, MI 48640