Working with Our Members
The collaborative relationship we share with our members makes up the bedrock of GLWA’s operating philosophy.
As we work together for the greater good of the region, GLWA coordinates projects for civic improvement and provides members with educational resources. Our One Water Partnership Agreement outlines the mutual commitment between GLWA and those we serve, including the One Water Mission: To collaboratively ensure a One Water system approach to our regional water and wastewater system that will be economically, socially, and environmentally responsible and sustainable.
Our members include GLWA team members, board members, water and wastewater partners, associated stakeholders, elected officials, consultants and regulatory agencies.
GLWA has a dedicated Member Outreach Program that collaborates with its members on water and wastewater activities. Work groups are used to involve members in technical service and financial discussions that support decision-making for GLWA’s water and wastewater systems. GLWA has designated team members working within the Member Outreach Program and includes a contracted third-party facilitator responsible for ensuring and sustaining the rules of collaboration and furthering the transparent exchange of information between GLWA and its members.
Established in 2015, the Water Residential Assistance Program (WRAP) provides direct assistance to low-income households struggling with their water and wastewater bills. The program also provides home conservation audits and funds for fixture repairs or replacements to help further reduce the amount of homeowners’ bills moving forward.
Representatives from the surrounding counties worked hand-in-hand with GLWA to create a program that is first of its kind in Michigan, and one of only a few models for sustainable assistance plans in the country. GLWA’s partner community action agencies (CAA) currently have direct oversight for the implementation and marketing of the program in their service areas, allowing for more tailored outreach efforts. Our CAA partners include: Oakland Livingston Human Service Agency (OLHSA), Macomb Community Action Agency (MCA), and support from Genesee County Community Action Resource Department (GCCARD), in addition to the founding-administer Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency (Wayne Metro).
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