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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

More than 17,000 Detroit households at risk for water shutoffs

About 17,461 Detroit households are at risk for water shutoffs next month when the city's water department resumes its controversial program, the Free Press has learned.

The potential shutoffs have angered some local activists who argue the city should instead create a comprehensive affordability plan to help prevent service interruptions altogether.

Water shutoffs have long been a divisive issue in Detroit. The shutoffs made international headlines in 2014 when tens of thousands of shutoffs began, catching the attention of United Nations officials.

"When I got here, 50,000 people were at risk of being shut off and 44,000 were actually shut off," Water and Sewerage Director Gary Brown said in an interview. "The United Nations was here, people were picketing, and rightly so, saying this was inhumane and unfair."



Anonymous said...

Freeloading scum can't even pay the water bill but probably each has a big flat panel TV

Anonymous said...

Maybe they can use their EBT card to pay their water bill

Anonymous said...

Remember when water was free?

Anonymous said...

It ain't free when a town has to clean and pump it.

lmclain said...

Remember when one man with a full time job supported a family of four, five, even six or more?
Remember when being on welfare was something one was ashamed of and tried to avoid??
Remember when honesty and effort were admired?

Now, NOT taking care of your family is the norm. NOT paying for what you have is the norm.
You used the water and ignored the bill. SOMEONE is going to pay, just not you.
You must be SO proud of yourselves.

Anonymous said...

I'm not a liberal and I do not believe in free stuff but lets ponder on the idea of spending 5 million bucks to make sure poor people pay a bill. We are screwed up as a species.