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The down side for a private company: during Detroit's long decline, they probably have had trouble maintaining it.

Yup. The infrastructure is a century plus old. Water main breaks are frequent, and, just like police, fire, EMS, the water dept is undermanned and undermaintained. Broken water mains gush for days before they are repaired. A couple years ago, the local news reported on a staggering amount of leakage in the system.

Additionally, the Governor has authorised one of the suburban cities to build it's own water system and disconnect from Detroit, causing a significant loss of revenue to Detroit water.

The obvious targets for sale are the Detroit Institute of Art and Belle Isle. The DIA operates, at best, at break even, and maintaining Belle Isle is a straight loss of millions a year.

Steve
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