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June 25-26, 2021 Rain Event: Information on Applying for FEMA Assistance & Filing an Appeal

Click here to file an application for FEMA assistance for the June 25-26, 2021 rain event. The registration deadline for FEMA has been extended to October 13, 2021.

If your FEMA claim has been denied, click here for step-by-step instructions on how to file an appeal with FEMA (scroll down to the “If You are Denied” section). The City is also encouraging residents who need assistance with their claim to visit either of its two Disaster Recovery Centers: Kemeny Recreation Center (2260 S. Fort Street) and The Salvation Army (3000 Conner Street).

You may also qualify for assistance provided by a group of local realtors. Please click here and scroll to the end of this news article for more details.

Great Lakes Water Authority Detroit

We Are One Water

The Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) provides nearly 40 percent of Michigan’s population with water of unquestionable quality, as well as effective and efficient wastewater services to nearly 30 percent of the state.

GLWA is all about the movement of water from the environment, to our member partners, and back to the environment. We ensure our member partner communities get the highest quality water using treatment standards that are stricter than state or federal regulatory requirements.

And once the water has been used, we run it through our treatment process again before returning it to the environment – often cleaner than when we received it.

Working hand-in-hand with our member partners, we provide water and wastewater services of the highest quality. Together, we are one water.

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Better understand the treatment services we perform in water treatment, as opposed to how DWSD functions as the local service provider with this simple comparison chart.


Southeast Michigan counties served by the regional water system
Michigan residents using GLWA’s water system
Member Partners across 112 communities


To exceed our member partners’ expectations by utilizing best practices in the treatment and transmission of water and wastewater, while promoting healthy communities and economic growth.


Through regional collaboration, GLWA strives to be the provider of choice, dedicated to efficiently delivering the nation’s best water and sewer services in partnership with our member partners.

Year In Review

Below are GLWA's annual Year In Review reports.

Become a Member Partner

Discover how we work with our member partners to create healthy communities and explore the services we provide. Then, learn how to connect your community to Southeast Michigan’s water provider of choice.


GLWA began operations as an independent regional water and wastewater authority, separate from the Detroit Water and Sewer Department (DWSD) in 2016. The formation and stand-up of GLWA was an integral part in the plan to position Detroit and southeast Michigan for long-term success.

To achieve this, GLWA signed a 40-year lease for control over the DWSD treatment plants, major water transmission mains, sewage interceptors and related facilities for $50 million per year. The funds go directly toward capital improvement for the City of Detroit retail water system and to repair Detroit’s aging water infrastructure.

It took an unprecedented level of regional collaboration to form the Great Lakes Water Authority, but on January 1, 2016, we assumed operations and got to work.

Meet Our Leaders

Our Board of Directors and Executive Leadership Team lean on their years of experience and broad base of knowledge to ensure GLWA is southeast Michigan’s premier water and wastewater provider.

Contact GLWA


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