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Great Lakes Water Authority

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson signed a memorandum of understanding with the City of Detroit, Wayne and Macomb counties, and the State of Michigan that recommends the creation of a regional water authority. The proposed regional water authority will have the protections Patterson and other regional leaders sought for rate and taxpayers.

“This memorandum of understanding ensures that there are a number of safeguards for Oakland County rate and taxpayers under the newly-proposed regional water authority. It also promotes fiscal responsibility, accountability and transparency.”
-L. Brooks Patterson, Oakland County Executive


The Great Lakes Water Authority and Detroit Water and Sewer Department Published Documents - July 24, 2015

The below material provides for additional facts, frequently asked questions, information concerning business issues and an executive summary of the water and sewer lease agreements and the service agreement in the launch of the Great Lakes Water Authority as published by the GLWA and Detroit Water and Sewer Department on July 24, 2015:


A series of videos and podcasts was created expressly to answer the questions most commonly heard in city, village, and township halls throughout the service area. Visit the Operation Clean Water YouTube channel for more videos and articles on how GLWA and its suburban wholesale customers manage our water and sewer infrastructure to protect public health and the environment.

Regional Sewage Disposal System Lease, Regional Water Supply System Lease, and the Water and Sewer Services Agreement

The lease agreement signed on Friday, June 12, 2015 between the Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) and the Detroit Water & Sewerage Department (DWSD) will protect all ratepayers and finally give them a seat at the table, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said.

“This is a significant moment for all ratepayers,” Patterson said. “The signing of the lease gives our ratepayers a substantial voice in how their water system is run. Plus, it ensures key protections for ratepayers and taxpayers we agreed to in last year’s memorandum of understanding.”

The lease will take effect no later than Jan. 1, 2016, but only after certain conditions are met. For more details on the lease agreement, click on the documents below:    


Daddow appointed to GLWA board

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson appointed Deputy County Executive Robert J. Daddow to represent Oakland County’s water and sewer ratepayers on the Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) board. Read the press release.

Read Deputy County Executive’s bio. 


Oakland County Board of Commissioners Voted on Whether to Adopt the Articles of Incorporation

On Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014, the full Board of Commissioners voted on whether to adopt the articles of incorporation for the Great Lakes Water Authority.  

  • Read the press release about the Board of Commissioners approval of the articles of incorporation for the GLWA.
  • Read the miscellaneous resolution on which the Board of Commissioners voted to approve the articles of incorporation for the GLWA

Oakland County BOCs Introduced the Proposed Great Lakes Water Authority Articles of Incorporation

On Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, The Oakland County Executive Office introduced the proposed Great Lakes Water Authority articles of incorporation to the General Government Committee of the Board of Commissioners.

Oakland County BOCs hosted a Special Informational Meeting

On Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, Oakland County Commissioners hosted a special informational meeting for local elected officials on the Great Lakes Water Authority proposed deal. Chief Deputy County Executive Gerald Poisson and Deputy County Executive Robert Daddow, Water Resources Commissioner Jim Nash, and the commissioners provided insight about the proposed water deal and creation of the authority as well as answered questions regarding the issue.

  • Audio​ from the Great Lakes Water Authority Special Meeting 9-18-14
    Listen to Water Resources Commissioner Jim Nash, Chief Deputy County Executive Gerald Poisson and Deputy County Executive Robert Daddow as they deliver the Great Lakes Water Authority PowerPoint presentation to about 60 leaders from Oakland County communities.  

MOU Recommends Creation of Regional Water Authority

On Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel​, Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan held a news conference to announce an agreement proposing the formation of the Great Lakes Water Authority. Read the press release.

  • Great Lakes Water Authority FAQs
    Many have questions about how the Great Lakes Water Authority will impact them. To find the answers to some of those questions, read the FAQs.
  • Great Lakes Water Authority Side by Side 
    See the difference between what will happen under the GLWA versus the status quo.
  • Summary of GLWA Regional Partnership Oakland County Board of Commissioners
    On Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, the County Executive Office presented the Board of Commissioners Water Alternatives Study Committee a summary about the proposed Great Lakes Water Authority.
  • Great Lakes Water Authority PowerPoint
    Water Resources Commissioner Jim Nash, Chief Deputy County Executive Gerald Poisson and Deputy County Executive Robert Daddow have been invited to attend a number of community meetings to outline the details of the GLWA. Review their PowerPoint presentation.
  • Memorandum of Understanding Regarding the Formation of the Great Lakes Water Authority
    The three county executives, the mayor of Detroit, the emergency manager of Detroit, and the governor of Michigan signed a memorandum of understanding recommending the formation of the Great Lakes Water Authority.
  • Articles of Incorporation of Great Lakes Water Authority
    The full Board of Commissioners will vote on the articles of incorporation for the proposed Great Lakes Water Authority at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014.