April 1, 2014 – With the deadline fast approaching to decide the future of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, this week’s blog as part of our continuing series reviewing the recently updated SEMCOG municipal benchmarks will focus on Water & Sewer metrics.
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SEMCOG Water & Sewer Benchmarks
Even though most communities across the region use Detroit Water and Sewerage for such services, the infrastructure within the boundaries of your community must be managed internally – a tall challenge in today’s fiscal environment. Sometimes sewer and water systems can be out of site and in turn out of mind, with such assets not being properly maintained or used.
The above benchmarks help guide and assure that proper methodologies are being applied to assure effective operation of these utilities within your community. For example, the benchmarks highlighted in yellow show the frequency of typical problems for the best and average systems across the region. Ongoing attention by senior officials is necessary in order to improve performance if your municipal water and sewer system is experiencing problems at higher than indicated levels. Otherwise your residents and businesses will no doubt express low satisfaction with the service and have high complaint rates.
SEMCOG can help sort through your sewer and water department issues and develop an optimum strategy, at no cost to member communities. Contact Dave Boerger.
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