Water restored to Detroit apartment building after 5 day outage

DETROIT (WXYZ) - Relief is coming for residents of an apartment building on Detroit’s west side after being without running water for five days.

City officials responded quickly once 7 Action News highlighted the problem facing residents. A crew from the Water and Sewerage Department arrived Tuesday morning and spent the day working to repair the underground valve that supplies water to the three-story building.

“I’m glad, cause I’m hot and bothered,” said Jasmine Dillard, one of the residents.

Water stopped flowing Friday morning. Paul Salerno, the building’s owner, acknowledged he had a past due balance on his water bill. According to city officials, the bill was paid in full online after our report aired Monday night. Salerno did not respond to an interview request as workers tackled the problem Tuesday.

By late afternoon, water was once again flowing in the building—but only temporarily.

Additional work must be completed under Linwood Avenue on Wednesday. Installation of a new water meter for the building is also scheduled to take place tomorrow. ​

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