89.1 WEMU

Ypsi Community Utilities Authority Monitoring Possible Privatization Of Detroit Water And Sewerage

Apr 15, 2014

Detroit's emergency manager is thinking about privatizing the city's water and sewerage department, which provides water for the Ypsilanti Community Utilities Authority and scores of other communities in southeast Michigan.

Credit flickr.com

Credit ycua.org

YCUA Director Jeff Castro says the proposal is still in negotiations, but could have a local impact.

"The local suburban communities might not have as much say in certain aspects of the Detroit water and sewer system as we do today," Castro says.

Castro says it's too early to say how privatizing the Detroit water and sewerage department would affect rates, but the request for proposals from the emergency manager requires them to limit rate hikes to no more than four percent per year for the first ten years.