GLWA transfers over $1.2 million in additional WRAP funding to cities of Detroit and Flint for bill payment and conservation assistance

DETROIT – The Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) Board of Directors has approved the transfer of more than $1.2 million in additional WRAP (Water Residential Assistance Program) funding to the city of Detroit, as well as to the city of Flint, with over $200,000 dedicated to the replacement of kitchen and bathroom fixtures that predate the 1986 lead-free plumbing code change.

The transferred funding is from the uncommitted 2017 bill assistance funds from GLWA’s three major county partners: Wayne, Oakland and Macomb Counties. Of the $1.2 million being transferred, nearly $787,000 will be directed to the city of Detroit, and approximately $425,000 will be set aside to provide WRAP assistance to eligible Flint households.

“Today the GLWA Board of Directors showed its commitment to the cities of Detroit and Flint. With the transfer of uncommitted funds to these communities, we have shown our steadfast dedication to them and to water affordability for those who need it most,” said Sue McCormick, CEO, GLWA. “In addition, the Board also changed the program to make it easier for households to qualify for lead fixture replacement by removing the pre-condition that eligible households have over 120 percent average annual usage. Now anyone participating in WRAP is eligible to have their lead fixtures replaced by the program, ensuring safe and quality water.”