Detroit's Water System Infrastructure is Causing Some Problems


The infrastructure of Detroit's water system put on quite a show yesterday: A 30-inch water main erupted and flooded a southwest Detroit neighborhood. By WXYZ's tally, that brings the total number of active breaks to nearly 130.

Here's a video from yesterday:

The leaks came at a time suburban leaders are working to solve the metaphorical puzzle that is Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr's wish to spin-off the water department to a regional authority. The Freep reports, leaders from Wayne, Macomb and Oakland counties held a study session to work out their issues, which, based on previous coverage, has not progressed since last year whatsoever.



We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Detroit Metro Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Metro Times Press Club for as little as $5 a month.