- Associated Press - Thursday, October 2, 2014

DETROIT (AP) - A new regional authority will take over operations of Detroit’s water system with the approval of the Wayne County Commission.

The commission voted 14-1 Thursday to approve creation of the Great Lakes Water Authority.

The Macomb and Oakland County commissions are scheduled to vote next week on joining the authority. To become active, the commission required the Detroit City Council and one of the county boards to approve it.

The Detroit council acted Sept. 19.

Detroit’s water system serves about 700,000 city residents and 4 million people in southeastern Michigan.

The suburbs will pay Detroit $50 million a year for 40 years. Detroit retains ownership of the system.

Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties would have a say in how the system is run outside Detroit.

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