Detroit Residents Face New Water Shutoffs
Concerns continue as residents struggle to pay bills
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Aug 27, 2014 1:01 PM CDT
In this photo taken on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, customers wait in line outside the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department's Westside Customer Service Center in Detroit.   (AP Photo/Detroit News, Robin Buckson)

(Newser) – Water shutoffs that sparked protests in Detroit have started again following a month's respite, the AP reports. Some 420 city customers were due to lose their water supply yesterday in a city where almost 45% of 173,000 residential water accounts are past due. Following appeals to the UN, experts have suggested that the shutoffs may violate human rights, the AP notes. Now, Detroit is dropping fees for water restoration and late payments; it's also allowing residents to enter payment plans by putting forward 10%—rather than the previously-required 30%—of money owed.

"The new system seems to be working very well," says a rep for Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan. Some 25,000 are now on payment plans, per the city, compared to 17,000 a month back, the Los Angeles Times reports. Yet thousands still appear unable to pay their bills, the paper notes; some 38% of people in the city are living below the poverty line. One resident describes spending about three hours in line each time during several visits to the water department to try and figure out why her bill is so high. "If I had the money right now, I would leave Detroit," she says.

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TheJman
Aug 28, 2014 11:20 AM CDT
Ahh Detroit...one of the liberal-made utopias. These people got everything they voted for. Liberals fail to realize that their policies fail once they use up the money they stole from everyone else.
Sammirah Meowski
Aug 27, 2014 3:56 PM CDT
Good, shut it off, those bums should be paying their bills, I would bet a large portion of that city's population is already getting subsidies for everything anyway.
Fascist_Jack
Aug 27, 2014 3:29 PM CDT
Welfare encourages people NOT TO move on from their economically depressed Democrat-run areas. Back in the day, before welfare, the American poor would hop on railway cars with nothing in their pockets just to find work. Today we have the Democrats imprisoning the poor with welfare addiction to maintain a strong Democrat voting bloc. Of course most poor people are genetically destined to be poor, but at least before welfare the poor were more hungry for work.