Detroit Extends Freeze on Water Shutoffs

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

DETROIT (AP)- The city of Detroit is extending a freeze on residential water shut-offs for three weeks.

Water director Sue McCormick says a new plan on how to handle overdue bills will be announced Thursday. An aggressive shut-off policy was suspended for 15 days on July 21, but that moratorium now been extended to Aug. 25.

Mayor Mike Duggan says customers will have "one last opportunity" to come up with a payment plan. More than 400 people appeared at a city office Saturday to avoid a shut-off or get water restored.

Detroit has been cutting off water to people who are 60 days behind or owe more than $150. Water stopped for more than 15,000 customers from March through June, although many made payments and regained service.


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