DETROIT turning off water to people that are behind on their bill$


Locutus
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'merica...

When the water trucks arrived near Arlyssa Heard’s home on the west side of Detroit at the end of June, the 42-year-old single mother of two said it felt like the entire neighborhood was being taken over. “There were water trucks literally circling up and down blocks. I’d never seen so many in my life,” she says. “It’s like they were the police hunting down a criminal.”

It may not have been a police crackdown, but what she witnessed was definitely a crackdown of a sort. Since last year, the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department has been turning off water at the homes of customers behind on their bills. The shut-off campaign comes at a time of crisis and hastened recovery for Detroit, which became the largest American city to ever file for bankruptcy (external - login to view) last summer. The value of the bonds associated with the water department’s debt comes to $5.7 billion (external - login to view), which constitutes almost one-third of the amount estimated to have pushed Detroit into bankruptcy.

The campaign to crack down on overdue bills—which is aimed at customers who are more than two months behind on their bills or who owe more than $150—has been described by activists and scholars alike as an effort, pushed by the city’s emergency manager, Kevyn Orr, to get rid of the bad debt associated with the water department and prep the public entity for privatization.


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What Happens When Detroit Shuts Off the Water of 100,000 People (external - login to view)
 
SLM
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That'll really help with the smell won't it?
 
Locutus
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Canadian group to provide free water to Detroit residents... (external - login to view)



Canada To The Rescue? Will Imported Water Embarrass City Of Detroit Into Stopping Shutoffs?

Canada To The Rescue? Will Imported Water Embarrass City Of Detroit Into Stopping Shutoffs? « CBS Detroit (external - login to view)
 
BaalsTears
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Detroit should become part of Ontario.
 
SLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by BaalsTearsView Post

Detroit should become part of Ontario.

Uh, how about no.
 
BaalsTears
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Quote: Originally Posted by SLMView Post

Uh, how about no.

What about Canada's tradition of generosity? Let Detroit be the first American basket case to seek admission to the Great North.
 
PoliticalNick
Free Thinker
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All the citizens of Detroit should pour concrete down their curb-stops. Let's see the corporate conclave turn their water off then. It is despicable to deny water to anyone. 3 days without water results in death. The institution of water meters and a per liter/gallon charge by govts in order to profit is wrong. I don't mind paying my share to maintain the pipes and delivery system but charging me per liter for water being drawn from a river or reservoir is profiteering and something our govts should not be doing.
 
tay
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In March, the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department announced it was going after deliquent accounts in earnest after a reprieve this past winter. The city is in bankruptcy, after all, and looking for revenue where it can. In March, about half the department’s customers had outstanding balances, meaning they are at least 60 days past due or more than $150 behind. That amounted to $118 million in charges. Through June 30, service was severed to 15,200 customers, and about 92,000 remain in shutoff status.


So far, most businesses have been exempt. At the beginning of July, the department issued 10-day shutoff notices to 250 commercial customers. Despite repeated requests, the department was unable to say how many of those, if any, have had their services discontinued. Vargo Golf Co., an Oakland County-based golf course management firm, owes $478,000, while a business called Russell Industrial Associations is more than $181,000 behind.


The No. 1 scofflaw isn’t a business but the State of Michigan, which the department said owes more than $5 million. Dave Murray, deputy press secretary for Gov. Rick Snyder (who is sheparding Detroit through the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history) said the bills have been disputed for the last five years over a possible broken water main near the old state fairgrounds in the city limits, which was mothballed several years ago.


According to a department list, the top 40 commercial and industrial accounts have past-due accounts totaling $9.5 million. That list includes apartment complexes, the Chrysler Group, real estate agencies, a laundromat and even a cemetery.




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Detroit Shuts Off Water to Residents but Not to Businesses Who Owe Millions - The Daily Beast (external - login to view)
 
Ludlow
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Maybe some water will,,,,"trickle down".
 
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