Detroit Water and Sewerage Department
A new round of water shutoffs is scheduled to start May 1 and affect up to 28,000 customers.
A heated meeting in Highland Park city council chambers Thursday evening centering around water bills.
Residents have complained about water quality since the city switched to using the Flint River last April.
The city is ready to issue hundreds of water shutoff notices a day, but officials say it’s still “not as bad as it was last year.”
The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department has set its sights on businesses with overdue bills.
The rate hike doesn’t just affect customers in Detroit — suburban residents will see rate increases, too.
Oakland County is joining the new regional authority to take over operations of Detroit’s water system.
A new regional authority will now take over operations of Detroit’s water system with the approval of the Wayne County Commission.
Critics of the shutoffs say public health and children’s welfare are at risk in homes without water, arguing that “every resident has the inherent right to free water.”
The city had given residents who were late on their water bills 15 days to pay up.