DETROIT (AP) – A regional board has approved terms of a program that will cover a third of the average monthly bill for low-income customers of Detroit’s water system.
The $4.6 million Water Residential Assistance Program also will freeze overdue amounts, the Detroit News reported.READ MORE: 2 Metro-Detroit S.O.S. Branches Remain Closed In Covid Outbreak, Appointments Still Months Ahead
Detroit Water and Sewerage Department Director Gary Brown says the average monthly bill in Detroit is $75, while the average amount in arrears is $663.
The terms were approved Wednesday by the Great Lakes Water Authority board which represents the city, surrounding counties and the state.READ MORE: Gov. Whitmer, Lt. Gov. Gilchrist, SOS Benson React To Derek Chauvin Guilty Verdict
Detroit’s water system serves about 700,000 city residents and 4 million people in southeastern Michigan.
The water department faced protests in 2014 following shutoffs of delinquent accounts.MORE NEWS: Michigan Reports 5,259 New COVID-19 Cases, 85 Deaths Tuesday
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