Bing: New Agreement Ends Feds Oversight of Water/Sewer Department

Detroit’s Mayor says an agreement between the city, the suburbs and a Federal judge is moving the water and sewer department out from under Federal oversight. WDET’s Rob St. Mary reports.

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Mayor Dave Bing says a new agreement approved by Federal Judge Sean Cox means the City of Detroit will regain control of the water and sewer department for the first time since the late 1970s.

“This agreement paves the way for the City of Detroit to establish and maintain long term compliance with the Clean Water Act and put an end to more than 30 years for Federal oversight of the water department. It also puts in place a new structure that makes a clean break with the past, ethical lapses and contracting issues that existed in the department for many years.”

Earlier this year, Bing announced a new power sharing structure within the water board. The changes move the water system to regional oversight but with Detroit maintaining ownership and day-to-day control. The first meeting of the new board will be next week. While Bing announced the agreement, copies were not made available to the press at the late afternoon announcement.