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Detroit water department to cut workforce by 81% under proposed plan

August 14, 2012
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DETROIT — The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) last week unveiled a reorganization plan that calls for the department to cut its work force 81% from 1,978 employees currently to about 374 over five years, Detroit Free Press reported.

If adopted, the reorganization would save DWSD roughly $149 million annually.

“The assessment is a proposal that will assist us as we move towards realigning and reorganizing the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department. The results will need to be confirmed to see if the recommended target is feasible,” said DWSD Director Sue McCormick. “The department’s number one priority of quality and safety will not be sacrificed by this reorganization.”

DWSD supplies drinking water to Detroit and 126 other communities in southeast Michigan. The department provides wastewater services to Detroit and 76 other southeast Michigan communities.

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