Here's How Detroit Is Trying To Make Sure Massive Water Shutoffs Don't Happen Again

March 20, 2015 5:30 PM

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Here's How Detroit Is Trying To Make Sure Massive Water Shutoffs Don't Happen Again

Detroit will not shut off water to residents this season until officials review ideas to improve assistance for people who can’t pay their bills. It's a shift in direction for the water department, which was accused of violating human rights last year for shutting off service to thousands of low-income residents.

The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, which delays shutoffs during the coldest months, is now moving to enact them for delinquent customers. But until the evaluation of the assistance program is completed, residential shutoffs -- currently a risk for more than 25,000 people -- will not be pursu...

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