About DWSD Update

DWSD Update began in 2008 as a way for our firm to share information about the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) with our clients, whether it be a new project or the latest development in the (now-concluded) 1977 EPA lawsuit.

A significant part of our law practice involves working with contractors, subcontractors, engineers and suppliers who specialize in municipal water and wastewater construction. DWSD, being the largest municipal water and wastewater system in the area, is a natural focus for our clients.  

In 2009, we expanded our coverage to include the Oakland-Macomb Interceptor Drain Drainage District (OMID) and the Karegnondi Water Authority (KWA), both of which are relevant to contractors and engineers in the local water and wastewater community.

In March, 2013, Judge Cox ended 35 years of federal oversight over DWSD. Later that year, DWSD entered uncharted waters when the City of Detroit filed Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcy. That process, and whether DWSD will become an independent regional water authority, has been the subject of intense debate.

In late 2014, the Great Lakes Water Authority emerged as the new regional water authority. The contours of this new organization, and the terms under which it will lease and operate DWSD's water and wastewater infrastructure, remain to be seen in 2016.  

If you find DWSD Update to be a valuable resource, check back often and share the information with your friends and colleagues. We’ve enhanced the site so that you can view it on your smart phone or mobile device. We've also added a way to receive updates by e-mail. These updates are handled by Google. We don't collect (or share) your e-mail address with anyone.  

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Thanks for being one of our readers.

Peter Cavanaugh

Gary Quesada

Cavanaugh & Quesada, PLC
1027 S. Washington Ave, Ste A
Royal Oak, MI 48067
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