Detroit Residents Call for Water Affordability Plan

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A demonstration took place on Monday morning in downtown Detroit called for the city to back away from planned water shut offs and consider a water affordability plan. A group of people who resigned from the Great Lakes Water Authority, agitated for the affordability plan. A Detroit City Council members said a water customer’s ability pay must be considered.

Councilwoman Raquel Castaneda-Lopez said, “I agree you can’t say people don’t have to pay anything and you get by for free, but we also have to take into consideration where people are coming from, their economic situation and really the unaffordability of the rates we currently have in place.”

About 30,000 customers who did not take an advantage of offered payment plans are being implemented. On Monday morning the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department released the following statement:

“We have about 32,000 customers in payment plans that shows that they are trying to avoid the water shut offs. That’s well more than double what it was just a year ago. We also have a financial assistance plan that pays up to 50 percent of all average up to $2,000 and pays 25 percent toward future water bills. We want people to come on so we can help them. In July, $6 million in payment assistance will be available when the Great Lakes Water Authority is fully established.”

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