dwsd http://michiganradio.org en DWSD will temporarily halt controversial water shutoffs http://michiganradio.org/post/dwsd-will-temporarily-halt-controversial-water-shutoffs <p>The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department will stop shutting off water service to people with unpaid bills. &nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Curtrice Garner is a DWSD spokeswoman. &nbsp;She insists this is a “pause," not a moratorium, to give people time to pay their overdue water bills.</p><p>“What we are going to do is temporarily stop the shutoffs or collections efforts,” says Garner, “However, after the 15 day period, we’ll commerce what we were doing which is shutting off those who are in delinquent status.”</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:50:40 +0000 Steve Carmody 18453 at http://michiganradio.org DWSD will temporarily halt controversial water shutoffs Flint plans to shut off water pipeline from Detroit today http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-plans-shut-water-pipeline-detroit-today <p>After a brief delay, the city of Flint will finally start getting its drinking water exclusively from the Flint River starting this afternoon.</p><p></p><p>City leaders had hoped to start tapping the Flint River earlier this week. But the state Department of Environmental Quality refused to give its final OK until more work was done on a disinfectant system.</p><p></p><p>The DEQ has now given its approval.</p><p></p><p>So this afternoon at 2 p.m., Flint city officials will shut the valve on the intake pipe that brings water to the city from Detroit.</p><p></p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 09:28:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 17354 at http://michiganradio.org Flint plans to shut off water pipeline from Detroit today Orr looks to private sector for help with Detroit water department mess http://michiganradio.org/post/orr-looks-private-sector-help-detroit-water-department-mess <p>Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr is looking at potential private operators for the city’s water system.</p><p>Orr says the city has been forced to consider<a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20140318/NEWS01/303180110/Kevyn-Orr-Detroit-water-system"> leasing the water system to a private operator</a> because talks to create a<a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140317/METRO01/303170015"> regional authority with suburban customers broke down.</a></p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 16926 at http://michiganradio.org Orr looks to private sector for help with Detroit water department mess Ground is broken on a quarter billion dollar water pipeline in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/ground-broken-quarter-billion-dollar-water-pipeline-michigan <p>A quarter billion dollar water pipeline project broke ground today near the Lake Huron shoreline.</p><p></p><p>The source of the water was on the minds of the people at the groundbreaking, including Pastor Floyd Fuller who gave the invocation.</p><p></p><p>““Drink from your own cistern.&nbsp;&nbsp; Running water from your own well,” Fuller said, quoting from the Book of Proverbs.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>The well in this case is not a well but a lake.&nbsp; Lake Huron to be specific.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 19:42:29 +0000 Steve Carmody 13304 at http://michiganradio.org Ground is broken on a quarter billion dollar water pipeline in Michigan In this morning's news: Road repair plan, Flint dumps DWSD, insurance for addicts http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-road-repair-plan-flint-dumps-dwsd-insurance-addicts <p><strong>House committee works on road repair plan</strong></p><p>A state House committee is working on a $1.6 billion plan to pay for repair and maintenance on Michigan's roads.</p><p>"The plan would result in higher fuel taxes and driver fees. But it would also eliminate the six percent Michigan sales tax on fuel purchases," Rick Pluta reports.</p><p><strong>Flint dumps contract with DWSD</strong></p><p>"The city of Flint is dumping its contract with the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department. Flint emergency manager Ed Kurtz signed a contract yesterday to get the city’s water from a new pipeline that’s being built from Lake Huron to Genesee County...A spokesman says the Detroit water department will have to look at its options&nbsp; to try and recoup investments made to Flint’s water system," reports Michigan Radio's Steve Carmody.</p><p><strong>Michigan addicts become eligible for insurance</strong></p><p>Nearly 88,000 drug and alcohol addicts in Michigan will become eligible for insurance starting in 2014.</p><p>"Michigan health officials say the state's substance abuse care system will be able to handle the surge of people who will become eligible for alcohol and drug addiction treatment under the federal Affordable Health Care Act," the Associated Press reports.</p><p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 12:16:12 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12172 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: Road repair plan, Flint dumps DWSD, insurance for addicts Flint ending Detroit water contract, DWSD looking at its options http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-ending-detroit-water-contract-dwsd-looking-its-options <p>The city of Flint is dumping its contract with the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department.</p><p></p><p>Flint emergency manager Ed Kurtz signed a contract today to get the city’s water from a new pipeline that’s being built from Lake Huron to Genesee County.</p><p></p><p>Officials with Detroit's system made a final offer to try and keep Flint’s business. But Kurtz says the numbers were “unreliable.”</p><p></p><p>“After the first year…for 29 years they could raise those rates…do any kind of capital expenditures…anything they wanted to do…and just add them to our bill,” says Kurtz.</p><p></p> Tue, 16 Apr 2013 22:22:08 +0000 Steve Carmody 12170 at http://michiganradio.org Flint ending Detroit water contract, DWSD looking at its options This could be a pivotal day in the 'Water War' between Flint and Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/could-be-pivotal-day-water-war-between-flint-and-detroit <p>Today is the last chance for Detroit water department officials to make their case to keep Flint as a customer.</p><p></p><p>The state Treasury Department gave the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department until this evening to present its final best offer to the city of Flint.</p><p></p><p>Flint has been a DWSD customer for many years. But Flint city officials say they want to get their tap water from a new Karegnondi Water Authority pipeline being built from Lake Huron to Genesee County.</p><p></p> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 04:10:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 12134 at http://michiganradio.org This could be a pivotal day in the 'Water War' between Flint and Detroit Flint is giving its poorer residents a break on their water bills http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-giving-its-poorer-residents-break-their-water-bills <p>The city of Flint is reducing the water bills for its poorest residents.</p><p></p><p>Beginning July 1<sup>st</sup>, city homeowners who already qualify for Flint’s poverty exemption for property taxes will get a $53 break on their monthly water bills.&nbsp; According to the city of Flint:</p> Sat, 13 Apr 2013 19:04:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 12130 at http://michiganradio.org Flint is giving its poorer residents a break on their water bills Detroit City Council rejects contract to overhaul water system http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-city-council-rejects-contract-overhaul-water-system <p>The Detroit City Council has unanimously rejected a controversial contract to overhaul the city’s water department.</p><p>Department officials wanted to award a $48 million contract to Minneapolis-based EMA Consultants.</p><p>The company proposed to lay off about 80% of the department’s workforce, in what officials called a necessary move to halt future rate increases.</p><p>But critics said the plan would do little more than gut and privatize the water system.</p> Wed, 21 Nov 2012 02:59:52 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 10009 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit City Council rejects contract to overhaul water system Some striking Detroit water department workers to be fired http://michiganradio.org/post/some-striking-detroit-water-department-workers-be-fired <p>34 striking Detroit water department workers <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121002/METRO01/210020399/Detroit-water-department-strikers-suspended-will-fired?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE">have been suspended and will be fired,</a> the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department confirmed Tuesday.</p><p>The workers believed to have initiated the strike were notified by letter from DWSD director Sue McCormick, according to a statement issued by the water department.</p> Wed, 03 Oct 2012 04:22:45 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 9338 at http://michiganradio.org Defying federal judge's order, Detroit water department workers stay on strike http://michiganradio.org/post/defying-federal-judges-order-detroit-water-department-workers-stay-strike <p>Defying a federal judge’s order, Detroit water department workers continued to strike Monday night.</p><p>Many rank-and-file workers at Detroit’s wastewater treatment plant walked off the job after AFSCME Local 207 member authorized a strike Sunday.</p><p>Workers say the strike is a last stand against what they call attempts to dismantle the city’s water department—and the union.</p> Tue, 02 Oct 2012 03:55:14 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 9322 at http://michiganradio.org Defying federal judge's order, Detroit water department workers stay on strike Detroit city council votes to increase top pay for city Water Department director http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-city-council-votes-increase-top-pay-city-water-department-director <p>The next director of <a href="http://www.dwsd.org/">Detroit&rsquo;s Water and Sewerage Department</a> might earn a quarter million dollars a year. The Detroit city council voted to increase the job&rsquo;s salary cap today&nbsp;by nearly&nbsp; $100 thousand. <a href="http://www.detroitmi.gov/CityCouncil/CouncilMemberSauntelJenkins/tabid/2525/Default.aspx">Councilwoman Sauntell Jenkins</a>&nbsp; says the pay hike is needed to attract the &lsquo;best and brightest&rsquo; candidates to fill the vacant position.&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;So if we want to move forward and doing things right, we have to be willing to do what it takes to attract that talent.&nbsp; Because we&rsquo;re in competition with other municipalities.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p><a href="http://www.detroitmi.gov/CityCouncilPresidentProTemporeJoAnnWatson/tabid/2518/Default.aspx">Councilwoman JoAnn Watson</a> voted against the salary cap increase.&nbsp;&nbsp; Watson says,&nbsp; since the council just approved a 9%&nbsp; water fee increase, now is not the time to approve a pay hike for the head of the water department.</p><blockquote><p>&nbsp;&ldquo;It&rsquo;s unconscionable to be paying the director of the water department a quarter of a million dollars when citizens can&rsquo;t afford to pay their basic water bills.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>Detroit&#39;s mayor and the heads of three neighboring counties recently reached a <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/post/detroit-and-suburbs-reach-deal-water-and-sewage">deal </a>two revamp oversight of the department which serves the needs of 4 million people living in southeast Michigan. Tue, 29 Mar 2011 17:36:44 +0000 Steve Carmody 1833 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit city council votes to increase top pay for city Water Department director Enviros say sewer plan stinks http://michiganradio.org/post/enviros-say-sewer-plan-stinks <p>Environmental advocates are criticizing a <a href="http://pod.michiganradio.org/documents/dwsdurtexecsummaryFINAL121509.pdf">plan </a>to scale back pollution controls for the sewer system that serves metro Detroit.</p><p>Officials with the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department say population loss and the poor economy have forced them to revisit plans to build a massive underground tunnel along the <a href="http://www.therouge.org/">Rouge River</a>.</p><p>The tunnel would store untreated and partially treated sewage so that it wouldn&rsquo;t get dumped into the river during rainstorms. Officials with DWSD say they still plan to build it, but it would be considerably smaller, and construction would be pushed back about a decade.</p><p>But critics say the public should be skeptical. James Clift of the <a href="http://www.environmentalcouncil.org/">Michigan Environmental Council </a>says DWSD has consistently failed to deliver on promises of a cleaner system.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;Why should we believe you this time? We&rsquo;ve had decades of permits being issued, and non-compliance from this system.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Officials with the sewer system say their plan is affordable, and within Detroit&rsquo;s ability to fund. And they say that will avoid delays tied to the city&rsquo;s economic recovery.</p><p>There is a public hearing on the proposal tonight at 7:00 at U of M-Dearborn. Wed, 23 Feb 2011 21:32:45 +0000 Sarah Hulett 1401 at http://michiganradio.org Enviros say sewer plan stinks Detroit city council discusses legal options in water fight http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-city-council-discusses-legal-options-water-fight <p>Members of the Detroit City Council plan to sit down with their attorneys today&nbsp;to see if they can have any say in a new deal for managing the city&rsquo;s water system.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 17 Feb 2011 13:58:20 +0000 Steve Carmody 1324 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit city council discusses legal options in water fight Water rate hikes stir more criticism http://michiganradio.org/post/water-rate-hikes-stir-more-criticism <p>Proposed new rates for customers of Detroit’s massive <a href="http://www.dwsd.org/cust/index.html">water system </a>have done little to tamp down criticism of the department.</p><p>Water bills would go up an average of about nine percent in July, and sewer rates would climb a little more than 11 percent.</p><p>Water department officials say lower demand is to blame for much of the increase. But critics are not happy about how the rates are calculated. State Representative <a href="http://heise4us.com/index.php?page=meet-kurt">Kurt Heise </a>represents western Wayne County:</p> Wed, 02 Feb 2011 17:52:56 +0000 Sarah Hulett 1136 at http://michiganradio.org Water rate hikes stir more criticism Oakland Co. asks judge to put Detroit water dept. in hands of regional committee http://michiganradio.org/post/oakland-co-asks-judge-put-detroit-water-dept-hands-regional-committee <P><STRONG>Update January 27, 4:18 p.m.:</STRONG></P> <P><SPAN style="DISPLAY: none" _fck_bookmark="1">&nbsp;</SPAN></P> <P>Detroit Mayor Dave Bing says it’s “ludicrous” to suggest that the city give up control of its massive water system.</P> <P>Legislation at the state Capitol, and a motion filed this week in federal court, would do just that.</P> <P>Mayor Bing says he plans to examine the system’s problems, and he plans to fix them.</P> <BLOCKQUOTE> <P>"I’m not here to defend past practices. I’m not here to defend the management, on a historical basis. My job here today is to look forward."</P></BLOCKQUOTE> <P>Bing says people think Detroit is in a weak position, and they’re trying to take advantage of that.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Update January 27th, 8:24 a.m.:</STRONG></P> <P>Wayne County Executive Robert A. Ficano has issued the following statement regarding the current situation with the DWSB:</P> <DIV> <BLOCKQUOTE> <P>"Today, we met as regional leaders to discuss Mayor Bing's plans for DWSD.&nbsp;It was a very productive meeting, containing very open and pointed discussion of the serious challenges within the department. &nbsp;I am disappointed in the filing by the Oakland County Drain Commissioner, as this action contradicts the spirit of the discussion earlier today.</P> <P>I believe in giving the Mayor an opportunity to explore the current operation, correct the mistakes and practices by the previous administration, and allow him to move forward and put in place accountable, transparent operation.</P> <P>I believe now is not the time to be divisive, but to work cooperatively."</P></BLOCKQUOTE></DIV> <P><STRONG>January 26th, 6:10 p.m.:</STRONG></P> <P>Oakland County is asking a federal judge to create a regional committee to oversee Detroit’s massive water system. It’s the latest development in a long-running dispute between the city and the suburbs over the scandal-plagued department.</P> <P>John McCullough is the Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner. He says some $200 million are expected to be spent upgrading the system in the coming year.</P> <BLOCKQUOTE> <P>"And since 60 percent of these corrections are going to be paid for by suburban customers, it really provides an effective way of the entire region to weigh in as to the proposed solutions and how those costs will be addressed."</P></BLOCKQUOTE> <P>The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department has been under federal oversight since the late 1970s because of Clean Water Act violations.</P> <P>Late last year,the Justice Department identified 13 scams in which water department contracts worth tens of millions of dollars were allegedly steered to a friend of Detroit’s former mayor, Kwame Kilpatrick. Thu, 27 Jan 2011 21:20:09 +0000 Sarah Hulett 1031 at http://michiganradio.org Oakland Co. asks judge to put Detroit water dept. in hands of regional committee Detroit councilwoman: Time to lawyer up over water issue http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-councilwoman-time-lawyer-over-water-issue <p>Detroit City Councilwoman <a href="http://www.joannwatson.com/Biography.html">JoAnn Watson </a>says she wants the city to lawyer up in preparation for a fight over the city’s <a href="http://www.dwsd.org/">massive water system</a>.</p><p>Legislation introduced at the state Capitol this week would transfer the majority of control over the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department to the suburbs. The bill would create a regional authority that would manage rates and contracts.</p><p>Watson urged her colleagues to hire an attorney to prepare to fight the move:</p><blockquote><p>"If we sit and wait and do 'Kumbaya up in Lansing while they got their hands on our water system, we’re going to be in trouble, and the citizens here are going to be blaming everybody up here for not being armed and ready. We need to be armed and ready with litigation, and go to court."</p></blockquote><p>Former governor Jennifer Granholm vetoed a similar bill several years ago. But the idea has gained new traction in Lansing, with a Republican governor and Republican-controlled House and Senate.</p><p>A recent federal <a href="http://pod.michiganradio.org/documents/kilpatricketal_indictment.pdf">indictment </a>also renewed interest in revamping how the department is governed. The indictment detailed allegations of kickbacks and corruption related to water department contracts. Wed, 19 Jan 2011 20:31:49 +0000 Sarah Hulett 936 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit councilwoman: Time to lawyer up over water issue Warren Mayor asks Bing for meeting on DWSD http://michiganradio.org/post/warren-mayor-asks-bing-meeting-dwsd <P><A href="http://www.cityofwarren.org/index.php/mayors-office">Warren Mayor Jim Fouts</A> says he wants to meet with his Detroit counterpart to discuss how the region’s water and sewer system is managed.</P> <P>The request comes in a <A href="http://pod.michiganradio.org/documents/FoutsLettertoBing.pdf">letter </A>sent today, days after a federal <A href="http://pod.michiganradio.org/documents/kilpatricketal_indictment.pdf">indictment </A>detailed allegations of kickbacks and corruption related to water department contracts.</P> <P>Right now the De<A href="http://www.dwsd.org/">troit Water Wed, 22 Dec 2010 22:26:46 +0000 Sarah Hulett 683 at http://michiganradio.org Warren Mayor asks Bing for meeting on DWSD Detroit indictment puts water dept. future in question http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-indictment-puts-water-dept-future-question <P>This week’s <A href="http://pod.michiganradio.org/documents/kilpatricketal_indictment.pdf">indictment </A>against Detroit’s former mayor and others is likely to renew interest in changing the way the region’s massive water system is run. The federal government identified 13 scams in which water department contracts worth tens of millions of dollars were steered to a friend of former mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.</P> <P><A href="http://heise4us.com/index.php?page=meet-kurt">Kurt Heise</A> will serve in the state House starting in January. Fri, 17 Dec 2010 19:18:21 +0000 Sarah Hulett 639 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit indictment puts water dept. future in question