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Audits of DWSD Plant

February 12, 2016

Excerpts from article :

EPA will conduct “inspection audit” of Detroit water treatment plant  By SARAH CWIEK

In a statement issued Wednesday, the EPA confirmed plans to do a “performance inspection audit” next month.

An NPDES inspection manual describes a performance audit inspection as a “more resource-intensive review” of an NPDES permit-holder that “evaluates the permittee’s procedures for sample collection, flow measurement, chain-of-custody, laboratory analysis, data compilation, reporting, and other areas related to the self-monitoring program.”

Detroit’s wastewater treatment plant has a history of repeated NPDES violations.

The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department was under federal court oversight from 1977-2013 for those violations.

DWSD no longer operates the drinking and wastewater treatment plants, though. The new, regional GLWA – Great Lakes Water Authority, which emerged from Detroit’s bankruptcy process, took over operations at the start of this year.

In October 2015, some current and former treatment plant employees said that retirements and layoffs, especially of technical staff over the past three years, threatened water quality and worker safety.

The EPA was not clear about what prompted the audit plans, however.

Representatives for the MDEQ, GLWA and DWSD did not immediately return requests for comment.


The Detroit Interceptors for Sewage


Interesting times for the GLWA,  the DWSD,  and the Oakland Macomb Interceptor system.


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