- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 1, 2016

DETROIT (AP) - A wastewater authority representing 13 southeastern Michigan communities has reached a deal with Wayne County to buy a sewage disposal system for $57.5 million.

County officials say Wednesday that the agreement calls for transferring control of the Downriver Sewage Disposal System to the Downriver Utility Wastewater Authority.

The deal could take several months to finalize. It would allow the authority to set sewage rates.

The system’s capacity allows for 225 million gallons of raw sewage to be treated daily.

Authority Chair Rick Sollars said in a release that member communities have invested more than $300 million in recent years in upgrades to the system. Sollars also is mayor of Taylor, southwest of Detroit.

Proceeds from the sale are expected to help Wayne County improve its finances.

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