Michigan Reaches Settlement with Inkster

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has resolved ongoing sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs) that have occurred from the city of Inkster since 2000. The agency outlined corrective actions needed to eliminate the problem.

Inkster uses part of the regional interceptor sewer system owned and operated by Wayne County known as the North Huron Valley/Rouge Valley Interceptor System, which serves all or part of 15 communities in southwestern Oakland County and western Wayne County. Each community is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the sewers within its system, while the Wayne County Department of Environment is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the county interceptor sewers that serve the district.

"We appreciate Inkster's cooperation in resolving this matter and joining its neighbors in putting corrective programs in place," said DEQ Director Steven E. Chester. "This settlement moves the DEQ one step further toward meeting the goal of eliminating SSOs in Michigan and protecting the water resources of our great state."

An administrative consent order was signed as part of a statewide Sanitary Sewer Overflow Strategy to eliminate SSOs through legally enforceable agreements and prevent adverse impacts to waters of the state and risks to public health.

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