FAQ

Did You Know?

  • The Sewer and Water Department maintains over 346 miles of water mains, 217 miles of sanitary sewer, 40 miles of combined sewers and 240 miles of storm sewers.

  • Streets and Highways maintain over 247 mile of local and major roads within the limits of Southfield.

  • The Sewer and Water Department delivers clean dependable drinking water and disposes of it for less than a penny per gallon.

  • A dripping faucet can waste 3 gallons of water a day.

  • A leaking toilet can waste 25,000 gallons per month.


 

 


What if a sidewalk is in poor condition? What are my options?
It is the property owner’s responsibility to maintain the sidewalk and keep it in good repair. Property owners or contractors may apply for a right of way permit from the Engineering Department to remove and replace sidewalk adjacent to your property. To report sidewalk trip hazards, contact the Code Enforcement Department.

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What if a street is in poor condition?
The City rates the pavement condition of all 246.4 miles of City-owned roads every two years, so we are aware of the many road needs that exist. Thanks to the Streets Improvement Bond we have been aggressively fixing roads since 2015, under a 10-year investment strategy to improve our overall road network rating. Potholes will continue to be filled to keep the roads safe until permanent repairs can be made. Southfield has a Pothole Hotline for reporting potholes 248-796-4000. Back to top

Will the City get involved with property line disputes?
The Engineering Department cannot get involved any further than providing lot dimensions. A property line dispute is strictly a civil matter. Property dimension information is available on the City's OneView web map application or by contacting the Engineering Department (248-796-4810). To determine where your property boundaries are, a property owner must hire a land surveyor. Back to top

Does the City offer any assistance with drainage issues on my property or in the ditch?
The City’s surveyor (248-796-4832) can assist with standing water problems on your property by offering suggestions on how to remedy the situation(s). If you have a problem with standing water in your roadside ditch, contact the Streets and Highway Department at 248-796-4860. However, please remember that it is the homeowner’s responsibility to keep the ditch clear of debris and leaves. The ditch, by design, will hold water for periods of time after rain events. Back to top