Detroit Water and Sewerage Department
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.
Detroit gave its residents one last chance to make payment arrangements or access help before shut-offs resume next week.
Mayor Mike Duggan is getting more control over city operations — including the embattled water department.
The issue gained wide attention when activists appealed to the United Nations for assistance.
“The folks who are being cut off are almost one hundred percent African American.”
The following information was provided to the media by the city of Detroit regarding water service shutoffs.
“The people will pay their bill when they’re forced to pay their bill.”