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A Public Water Utility Workshop on Affordability

April 2 - 3, 2020, Detroit, MI

December 19, 2019

The compounding challenges of aging water infrastructure systems, climate change, and the general rising cost of living put cities and water utilities in a major financial dilemma: increase rates to update infrastructure and price out ratepayers, or keep rates static at the expense of aging and failing infrastructure.  The workshop, in partnership with the Water Center and Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, will bring together water utility leaders across the Great Lakes region.
The goal of the workshop is to arm utility leaders with resources need to help create efficient, affordable, and sustainable water entities that have positive relationships with the constituents they serve. This workshop is intended for senior municipal water leaders or relevant senior city staff by invitation only - contact Matthew Braunginn for more information or to request an invite.

On the Agenda

This highly interactive and engaging workshop will connect municipal leaders with experts in efforts to create a clear path forward in designing a water affordability program. The program will aim to work within the context of the municipal water infrastructure needs, finances, and demographics. To help achieve this goal, we will consider three focus areas:
  • Rates & Customer programs
  • Community Engagement & Communications
  • Operational Efficiencies​
To prepare for the workshop, view our checklist 'Water Affordability Checklist', which will guide attendees in coming prepared for the event.

Check out our latest brief, “Setting the Agenda: A Mayors' Guide to Water Affordability,” to learn more.