The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) is facing $5 billion in bad debt, and is scrambling to recoup its losses. The city, which filed the largest municipal bankruptcy in history last year, argues that the financial burden of paying water bills has been put on the back burner by many families who didn’t believe services would be shut off. Those bills have gone up 120 percent in the past decade, well beyond the national average.
“We sent out a little over 46,000 shutoff notices in May. Of those 46,000 shutoff notices, about 4,500 were actually shut off,” Greg Eno, a DWSD public affairs specialist, told RT.
Within 24 hours, 60 percent of the affected customers paid their accounts in full and had their service immediately restored. Forty percent of the remaining customers had their service restored within 48 hours, DWSD said in a statement.
“Many of the properties that we shut off are actually vacant structures, not occupied homes,” DWSD Director Sue McCormick said.
Bit of a dust up over the last few days on this issue. Access to water is a right, but having it delivered to your house and not pay, how is that a right? Can I sue my gov. for all the buckets of water I carried from the lake? Sheesh