The central mission of the Wayne County Department of Public Services - Environmental Services Group is to create, foster and maintain a clean and safe land and water environment for citizens of Wayne County by providing services for cost effective drainage systems, waste water management and solid waste management.
Wayne County is the eighteenth largest county in the nation and the most populous county in the State of Michigan. The County's land area is approximately 626 square miles, and is home to nearly 1.8 million people, residing in 43 communities. Wayne County's Department of Environment (DOE) was created in 1994 and, in 2010, was merged with the Department of Public Services (DPS) becoming the Environmental Services Group (ESG). ESG's mission is continuously achieved by talented administrators and employees, guided by the strategic goals of the Wayne County Executive.
Throughout this website, you will be able to learn about ESG's many diverse services and programs. From Western Wayne to Downriver, from Detroit to Asia, ESG's successes and leadership in improving our environment is a model for communities around Michigan and the World. We are proud to serve you, our customers, with high-quality and cost-effective environmental services, and we welcome your comments and suggestions. Thanks for visiting.
There are three divisions within the DPS Environmental Services Group:
- The Land Resource Management Division works to protect the land and water resources of the County through their solid waste and soil erosion programs.
- The Facilities Management Division maintains sewer and drain operations, along with operations at the Downriver Wastewater Treatment Plant (serving thirteen Wayne County communities).
- The Water Quality Management Division is focused on protecting and restoring water resources in Wayne County through a watershed management approach.
This web site provides information for all ESG Divisions and their established missions, goals, and organizational structure, along with the services that they provide to the many communities of Wayne County. Please visit each division's web site, and utilize our services to the fullest extent.
We look forward to serving you.
Information about combined sewer overflow discharges is available online from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE), as follows:
1. MiWaters web page - click here.
2. "Combined Sewer Overflow, Sanitary Sewer Overflow, and Retention Treatment Discharge Annual Report". These reports are published annually for the previous year. To download the annual report, click here.
For more information regarding the Wayne County Public Notification Plan, and combined sewer overflow discharges reported under the Public Notification Plan, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
General News and Information
SEMCOG Requests Public Participation in the One Water Campaign Survey
The One Water campaign was created to promote public awareness and shared responsibility for drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater. Follow the link given below to take the survey for a chance to win a $75 gift card! It will help SEMCOG better understand water issues in Southeast Michigan and evaluate One Water, the region's water quality education campaign.
Click here to take the survey
SEMCOG's One Water home page
SEMCOG's One Water Facebook page
Construction of Improvements to the Milk River Intercounty Drain Drainage District Wastewater Facilities Are Underway
In October 2016, construction began on a multi-year project for improvements to the Milk River Intercounty Drain Drainage District wastewater facilities serving the Cities of Harper Woods, Grosse Pointe Woods, and St. Clair. These improvements will allow the Milk River Intercounty Drain Drainage District to continue to provide efficient transport of combined sewage from system customers during normal conditions and to effectively treat combined sewage overflows into Lake St. Clair into the future.
Weather andWater Levels Affecting Wild Birds in Wayne County
Information from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources regarding the recent wild bird deaths along the Marsh Creek in Woodhaven.
Lead and Copper in Drinking Water
- Great Lakes Water Authority on the issue of lead and copper in drinkng water
Notice Requirements for Sewage Disposal or Storm Water System EventNotice Requirements for Sewage Disposal or Storm Water System Event (Wayne County systems only)
Notice Requirements for Sewage Disposal or Storm Water System Event (Wayne County Drains only)
Notice Requirements for Sewage Disposal or Storm Water System Event (Milk River Intercounty Drain only)
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Requests
The Wayne County Drain Commissioner has adopted the County of Wayne's procedures and guidelines for FOIA requests for all county and intercounty drains.
Inspect or obtain copies of public records for drains, please click here.
Detroit Water Bills
The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) Water Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) developed a video series to help consumers better understand their water bills and the costs associated with providing this vital service.
Dispose of Fats, Oils, and Grease Properly
Excessive fats, oils and grease (FOG) washed from sink drains in businesses and homes can block sewer pipes and lead to backups of sewage into buildings and overflows of sewage to rivers, lakes and streams.