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Great Lakes Water Authority Poised to Expand, Enters Talks With Lyon Twp.

Courtesy of GLWA

Current map of communities receiving water services from the Great Lakes Water Authority.

The Great Lakes Water Authority may soon add a new community to its ranks. The regional system, which was previously operated by the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, is in talks with Lyon Township to extend water service to the municipality, which currently gets its water from connected well sites around the township. Water Authority CEO Sue McCormick said if an agreement is reached, it would expedite construction of a four-mile water main loop on the western edge of the system.As we extend our transmission mains in areas that we’re not already serving, I hope that makes us available to other communities that may want service from the Authority in the future,” McCormick said, touting the system’s capacity to serve more customers.

We are going to be looking over the course of the next 10, 20 years or more to provide as much service as we can, where that’s advantageous to local communities in southeast Michigan, and we’re going to make sure that we match our investment in our facility to meet the need.”

Sue McCormick, CEO of the Great Lakes Water Authority

McCormick said Lyon Township would be the first community to join the regional system in nearly 20 years. The Great Lakes Water Authority currently serves 127 municipalities and about 3.9 million customers.

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