Detroit Ready To Resume Water Shut-Offs

August 25, 2014

Detroit resumes shutting-off water to thousands of customers this week who are behind on payments. The city temporarily halted the shut-offs after receiving criticism on an international scale… Civil rights groups, Hollywood celebrities, even the United Nations blasted Detroit for cancelling water service to more than 17,000 customers – arguing that water is a human right. But Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan says the city HAS to cover the cost of about $90 million in past-due water bills. “I don’t know how to filter water and pipe it from the river to somebody’s house at no cost,” Duggan said. A brief moratorium on water shut-offs expires at the end of business Monday. Service will continue for those who pay 10 percent of their past due bill and funding is available to help those in financial distress. Detroit wants to reduce debt as it attempts to emerge from the nation’s largest-ever municipal bankruptcy.