Detroit, Mich (WXYZ) - United Way’s 211c all center has been busier than usual during the past few weeks as Detroit residents take steps to pay their water bills.
“If you have an outstanding bill, we’ll work with you but you have to take the initiative to come in,” said Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan during a press conference at United Way's 211 call center.
United Way for Southeastern Michigan, Ford Motor Company Fund and the General Motors Foundation have made a $200,000 contribution to the new Detroit Water Fund.
“By doing that we hope to encourage both individuals, corporations and foundations to make similar gifts so that we can make sure that we can respond to all of those in need," said Michael Brennan, United Way for Southeast Michigan President & CEO.
Eligible low-income Detroit residents may receive 25% toward paying their water bills. Payment plans can be for those in need but time in running out. The moratorium on residential water shutoffs expires on August 25th.
"We’re saying to everybody, please take advantage in the next week because we don’t want to turn off anybody’s water," Duggan said. "If you show up and ask for help, we’ll work with you and help you and with the assistance of Ford and GM and United Way today, it just got a little easier.”
More than 7,400 Detroit residents have enrolled in payment plans during the moratorium.
The three Detroit Water and Sewerage Department customer care centers will be open through Friday.
Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones also created the Cobo Water Fair, which will be held Saturday, August 23.
The event will provide residents with a one-stop shop to pay their water bills and learn more about maintaining water bills and water conservation.