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Highland Park, Michigan

In June 2004, the Highland Park City Council rejected the proposed 10-year privatization contract for water management. Highland Park is a largely low-income neighborhood in the Detroit metro area. The vote happened after a heated public debate when it was revealed that the contract included a bottled water measure where the company, RWG (Rothchild-Wright Group Inc), would be allowed to use water from the public reservoir for bottled water sales. RWG has no experience in managing water operations and the proposed contract was offered as a non-bid contract. Michigan’s state legislation makes non-bid contracts illegal.

The Highland Park manager continues to push for the contract. The manager is appointed by the state of Michigan because Highland Park has state oversight; the manager can therefore potentially overrule the democratic vote of the council. Stay tuned as the battle to preserve Highland Park’s water continues.

Read related stories on the Detroit page.

In the News:
July 9: A struggle for democracy in Highland Park
March 16: Highland Park water protesters send proposals to financial manager

November 5: Highland Park Residents Heated Over Water Bill
November 2: Highland Park water bills: Residents fear losing their homes
August 23: The Water Crisis in Highland Park
August 11: Granholm’s appointees squeeze poor - FIA families lose in water war
July 28: Activists Occupy and Hang a Banner off of the Roof of the Highland Park Municipal Building in Protest of Water Shut Offs

July 12: Millions of poor US families face utility shutoffs

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