Detroit water utility seeks split from city

A state-appointed emergency manager has been appointed to keep Detroit afloat, but the city’s water utility thinks its best option may be to set sail on its own.

Seeking shelter after the appointment of an emergency financial manager (EFM) on 14 March, the City of Detroit has set in motion plans to pry its water and sewer utility away from city management.

The plan – floated by Detroit’s mayor, along with its water and sewer managers – would spin the Detroit Water & Sewerage Department (DWSD) off as a separate authority, to which...

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