Detroit Water Department threatens to shut off water of customers who haven't paid bills

DETROIT (WXYZ) - While Detroit struggles with bankruptcy, city customers owe the water department millions of dollars in late payments, and the department is warning customers to pay up or have their services cut off.

During the winter months, people who don't pay get a break because if a person's water is turned off, their pipe's can freeze. Now that Spring has arrived, the customers have to pay them back.

Customers owe the department around $118 million, $72 million of that is from residential customers.

Those who are past due on their bill at least 60 days risk having their taps turned off.

For those who can't afford to pay their entire bill, they can make arrangements to pay in installments to avoid having service shut off.


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