Detroit Water Department Prepares To Issue Shutoff Warnings

DETROIT (AP) – The Detroit water department is preparing to issue shutoff warnings starting next month at homes with delinquent residential accounts.

Deputy Director Darryl Latimer says that 800 notices could be posted a day beginning in mid- to late-April. Latimer says he didn’t know the exact number of delinquent accounts, but said it’s “not as bad as it was last year.”

Shut-off numbers skyrocketed from about 1,200 from January 2014 through March 2014 to more than 3,000 in April 2014, prompting protests and drawing the attention of the United Nations. A several-week respite allowed people behind on their bills to enter into payment plans.

Latimer says the water department also is making plans for shutoffs for commercial customers as well as ensuring service to fire hydrants.

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