GLWA transfers over $1.6 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 $1.6 million in additional WRAP (Water Residential Assistance Program) funding to the city of Detroit, as well as to the city of Flint.

The transferred funding is from the uncommitted 2019 bill assistance funds from GLWA’s three major county partners: Wayne, Oakland and Macomb Counties. Of the $1.6 million being transferred, $1,182,593 will be directed to the city of Detroit, and $471,562 to the city of Flint for conservation and direct assistance.

Since its inception in March 2016, 76 GLWA member communities have opted-in to WRAP, a first-of-its-kind program in Michigan and one of the few sustainable assistance plans in the country. More than 19,000 households across GLWA’s service area are enrolled in WRAP, with Detroit and Flint residents making up 71 percent of all enrollments.

“The decision by the GLWA Board of Directors to transfer uncommitted WRAP funding to Detroit and Flint reinforces our strategic commitment to water affordability,” said Sue F. McCormick, Chief Executive Officer of GLWA. “We are proud to offer our member partner communities this program, as it not only provides financial support, but it also puts enrolled households on a path toward self-sufficiency through the conservation education and assistance provided.”