Detroit seeks operator of water and sewage system

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Detroit seeks operator of water and sewage system

The city of Detroit (Michigan) has launched a request for information (RFI) to operate its water and sewage disposal systems.

The city is considering a potential public-private partnership of the operation and management of the city's water and sewage disposal systems. Currently the systems are operated by the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD).

Interested parties must submit their response on or before 7 April, 2014. The qualification notification is scheduled on 10 April while the final bidding proposals will be submitted on 1 June. The city plans to close the agreement in August 2014.

The following firms are serving as advisors or consultants to the City:

  • Financial Advisors: Miller Buckfire & Co., Conway MacKenzie, Ernst & Young
  • Water and Sewer Consultants: The Foster Group, OHM Advisors
  • Legal Advisors: Jones Day, Miller Canfield, Pepper Hamilton, Dykema

The water system serves over 125 suburban communities located in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, St. Clair, Genesee, Washtenaw and Monroe Counties. DWSD's water system supplies a 1,079-square-mile region serving approximately 40% of the State of Michigan's population. The system's water network consists of 3,438 miles of transmission and distribution mains within Detroit and 403 miles of transmission mains in the remaining service areas.

The main water supply sources are the Detroit River, to the south, and Lake Huron, to the north. Both of these water sources are part of the Great Lakes System. DWSD's five water treatment plants include: the Lake Huron Water Treatment Plant, the Northeast Water Treatment Plant, the Southwest Water Treatment Plant, the Springwells Water Treatment Plant and the Water Works Park.

DWSD's Sewage Disposal System covers a 946-square-mile area that encompasses 35% of Michigan's population in Detroit and 76 neighboring communities. The Sewer System consists of 10 pump stations, six combined sewer overflow retention treatment basins, three screening and disinfection facilities and a total of 3,433 miles of sewer lines.


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