Water Shutoffs to Resume in Detroit for Unpaid Bills

More than $90 million in unpaid bills
Water Shutoffs to Resume in Detroit for Unpaid Bills

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by Aaron Foley | Reuters | August 26, 2014


Controversial water shutoffs in Detroit will resume on Tuesday after a month-long moratorium to allow delinquent customers to catch up with past due bills, city officials said.

The bankrupt city’s water authority attracted unwanted international attention earlier this summer when it launched an aggressive effort to cut service to customers who were months behind or owed thousands of dollars. The campaign, intended to deal with a $90 million backlog in unpaid bills, prompted accusations that it was unfair to the poor.

During the moratorium, the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department was returned to city control after nearly a year of oversight under the state-appointed emergency financial manager.

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