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Detroit: No water shutoffs for next 15 days
« on: July 21, 2014, 03:21:48 PM »
Detroit: No water shutoffs for next 15 days

Associated Press •  | July 21, 2014 | 1:05 pm
 
 

DETROIT (AP) — Detroit suspended its aggressive policy of cutting off water to customers with unpaid bills on Monday, the latest response to a controversy that has prompted large protests and caught the attention of the judge overseeing the city's bankruptcy.

The city said there will be no shutoffs for the next 15 days. The disclosure was made in bankruptcy court where Judge Steven Rhodes is overseeing the nation's largest ever municipal bankruptcy. He has been encouraging Detroit to come up with alternatives to shutting off water for thousands of homes and businesses.

The issue gained national attention last month after activists appealed to the United Nations for assistance. About 2,000 people protested in Detroit last week during a national convention of liberal Democrats.

The water department stopped service to about 7,200 homes and businesses in June, compared to 1,570 in the same month last year. Water was restored to 43 percent after customers paid or worked out payment plans, though thousands more have been affected since last fall.
   


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Water department Deputy Director Darryl Latimer said the 15 days will be used to educate customers on how to cure their overdue bills and avoid shutoffs.

The city "does not want to put its customers out of service," Latimer said.

Rhodes is overseeing Detroit's bankruptcy but hasn't ordered any direct action on the shutoffs. He has required officials to give him updates in court, which has put a spotlight on the issue.

Meanwhile, a lawsuit to stop the shutoffs was filed Monday, but Rhodes said, "There's nothing for me to do about that today."

"With the creativity of everyone involved, it can be solved. We've got people without water, and they need their water," he said.

People lose water if they're more than 60 days behind or owe $150. The average overdue bill is $540.

The reprieve for delinquent water customers was announced on the same day that the city is expected to say whether workers and retirees approved pension cuts that would trigger an $816 million bailout from the state of Michigan, foundations and the Detroit Institute of Arts. The money is crucial to preventing the sale of city-owned art and avoiding deeper pension cuts in the bankruptcy case.
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Re: Detroit: No water shutoffs for next 15 days
« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2014, 03:23:40 PM »
That should be enough time for most of Detroit residents to get a shower in. :whistle:
"Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim tribute to patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness -- these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. . . . reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principles."
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