Great Lakes Regional Water Plan revealed Tuesday
Tuesday, Mayor Mike Duggan, along with Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, and Wayne County Executive Bob Ficano announced plans to create the Great Lakes Regional Water Authority.
Some of the details of the plan:
• Detroit will retain ownership of the entire system and maintain control of its local water mains and sewer system.
• Detroit will lease regional water mains and treatment plants for $50 Million a year over the next 40 years.
• The Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) will be made up of six members: two from Detroit, one each from Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties and one appointed by the Governor. Five votes out of six will be required for major decisions.
• Approximately 900 DWSD employees will become employees of the GLWA. The GLWA will recognize the existing Detroit Water and Sewerage Department unions and honor all collective bargaining agreements.
• A $50 million dollar annual lease payment will be used to fix City of Detroit water and sewer lines.
• Detroit will be able to direct the GLWA to sell bonds for up to $800 million to accelerate repairs if necessary.
• We’ll put over 1,000 people to work in our city fixing our crumbling infrastructure.
• A water affordability fund of $4.5 million per year will be created to help people in need who truly can’t pay their water bills.
For more details, including a summary of the Memorandum of Understanding creating the authority, click here.
Mayor Duggan has two Community Meetings scheduled this month. The District 3 Community Meeting happens September 18 and the District 5 Community meeting happens on September 25.
For more information on upcoming Recreation and Community Events click here.
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