Water equity issues in Detroit and the region are systemic. They are not insoluble. Currently, cities across the world are devising and implementing effective solutions to comparable problems. This report seeks to intervene in ongoing conversations about water and sanitation access by suggesting the ways in which Detroit and the Great Lakes Water Authority are positioned to join the cast of leaders who are addressing technical and engineering problems with aging water and sewer infrastructure while also spearheading innovations that create equitable, fair, and sustainable cities. Effective local strategies in response to those challenges can offer viable models for innovations applicable in communities worldwide.

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