On January 1, 2017, the Great Lakes Water Authority marked its first year of operations as the provider of wholesale water and sewer services to member communities in Southeast Michigan. To commemorate this important milestone, GLWA has published a 2016 Year in Review, which shares the Authority’s accomplishments. In it, you will find not just a simple accounting of activities, but stories that illustrate the complexity of creating and operating one of our country’s few, and most certainly the largest, regional water authorities. Click HERE or on the image above to learn about GLWA’s many firsts, our priorities including water quality and collaboration with our member communities, as well as highlights on infrastructure improvements, charge structures, our environmental approach and much more.
Our new logo symbolizes a fresh start and confirms our ongoing commitment and passion for serving our customer base of more than 3.9 million people. We are about the movement of water, from the environment to our customers and back to the environment, we are all about water.
Learn more about our new logo, our new brand and what makes our new organization an established and reliable resource for one of life’s most invaluable resources.
January 1, 2016 marked the launch of a regional water authority in Southeast Michigan. The City of Detroit, the counties of Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne, and the State of Michigan have officially united to form the Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA). The new Authority is yet one more piece of the Grand Bargain to not only position an emerging Detroit for long term success but to give suburban water and sewer customers a powerful voice in the management and direction of one of largest water and wastewater utilities in the nation.
GLWA begins management and control of regional water and wastewater services, while Detroit, like suburban communities throughout the region, will retain control of water and sewer services within the City limits. The GLWA has signed a 40 year lease with Detroit for $50 million a year. Detroit will use these funds to overhaul its aging infrastructure. The lease also provides for a $4.5 million Water Residential Assistance Program to help low-income customers of GLWA customer communities pay their water and sewer bills.
The GLWA is comprised of six board members: two from the City of Detroit, and one each from Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties, plus one representing the State of Michigan.