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Detroit Water Department To Cut 81% Of Workers Under New Proposal

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Layoffs seem imminent at the Detroit Water Department. A new study recommends cutting 81 percent of its workforce over the next five years (photo via Alamy).
Layoffs seem imminent at the Detroit Water Department. A new study recommends cutting 81 percent of its workforce over the next five years (photo via Alamy).

With fresh evidence of a bloated bureaucracy in Detroit's Water and Sewerage Department, Mayor Dave Bing and the Detroit Water Board embraced a consultant's plan Wednesday that calls for eliminating four of every five employees over five years.

The department, which has prompted suburban outrage by doubling rates in the past decade for its 4.3 million customers, plans to outsource billing, maintenance and other functions and hopes to save $900 million.

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