detroit water http://michiganradio.org en Don't like the water shut-offs in Detroit? Now you can pay someone's overdue water bill http://michiganradio.org/post/dont-water-shut-offs-detroit-now-you-can-pay-someones-overdue-water-bill <p>The only time Kristy Tillman could fit in an interview was on her lunch break.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">That's because of the insane number of reporters emailing her. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p>“We never expected the press to get so big! We’re just like, oh man. So we decided we’re going to probably limit the time on that today, so we can get real work done.”</p><p>All those reporters want to talk with her about the website she and friend threw online this past Thursday.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:45:59 +0000 Kate Wells 18477 at http://michiganradio.org Don't like the water shut-offs in Detroit? Now you can pay someone's overdue water bill DWSD will temporarily halt controversial water shutoffs http://michiganradio.org/post/dwsd-will-temporarily-halt-controversial-water-shutoffs <p>The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department will stop shutting off water service to people with unpaid bills. &nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Curtrice Garner is a DWSD spokeswoman. &nbsp;She insists this is a “pause," not a moratorium, to give people time to pay their overdue water bills.</p><p>“What we are going to do is temporarily stop the shutoffs or collections efforts,” says Garner, “However, after the 15 day period, we’ll commerce what we were doing which is shutting off those who are in delinquent status.”</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:50:40 +0000 Steve Carmody 18453 at http://michiganradio.org DWSD will temporarily halt controversial water shutoffs Nurses rally against water shutoffs, declare "public health emergency" in Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/nurses-rally-against-water-shutoffs-declare-public-health-emergency-detroit <p>Hundreds of protesters gathered near city hall in downtown Detroit Friday, to <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20140718/NEWS01/307180136/">demand the city stop ongoing water shutoffs</a>.</p><p>More than 17,000 Detroit households have had their water shut off for non-payment since March, though many have since had service restored.</p><p>City officials say the shutoffs are a necessary measure, because too many people simply don’t pay their bills--starving the water system of up to $100 million in revenues.</p> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 15:41:37 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 18438 at http://michiganradio.org Nurses rally against water shutoffs, declare "public health emergency" in Detroit Civil rights groups want to meet with Detroit officials about water crisis http://michiganradio.org/post/civil-rights-groups-want-meet-detroit-officials-about-water-crisis <div align="left"><p><font face="Tahoma"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Civil rights groups are asking to meet with Detroit officials about a controversial water shut-off campaign.</span></font></p><p><font face="Tahoma"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">The ACLU and the NAACP want to meet with Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr to find a “fair, humane, and meaningful review process,” which would include adequate notice and a hearing to determine whether individual water customers can’t or won’t pay their bills. </span></font></p> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 15:02:48 +0000 Lester Graham 18439 at http://michiganradio.org Civil rights groups want to meet with Detroit officials about water crisis As Detroit water shutoffs continue, groups look to provide emergency relief http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-water-shutoffs-continue-groups-look-provide-emergency-relief <p>Thousands of Detroit residents are without water service right now due to unpaid bills—but social service agencies and community groups are trying to make sure no one goes thirsty.</p><p>The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department cut off service to more than 7500 delinquent account-holders in April and May—and ramped up shutoffs in June.</p><p>Department officials say it’s a necessary step to collect millions of dollars in back payments.</p><p>But critics say it’s caused real suffering, and could lead to a public health crisis.</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 18272 at http://michiganradio.org As Detroit water shutoffs continue, groups look to provide emergency relief Congressman appeals to Pres. Obama over Detroit water shutoffs http://michiganradio.org/post/congressman-appeals-pres-obama-over-detroit-water-shutoffs <p>DETROIT (AP) - Longtime Detroit Congressman John Conyers has sent letters to President Barack Obama and other officials requesting immediate action and relief regarding water shutoffs in the bankrupt city.</p><p></p> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 23:10:00 +0000 The Associated Press 18199 at http://michiganradio.org Congressman appeals to Pres. Obama over Detroit water shutoffs Welfare rights group backs UN criticism over Detroit water shutoffs http://michiganradio.org/post/welfare-rights-group-backs-un-criticism-over-detroit-water-shutoffs <p></p><p>The United Nations says recent water shutoffs at the homes of poor Detroiters are a violation of international human rights.</p><p>That came after a letter was sent this week to the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.</p><p>The letter came from a coalition of welfare rights groups. They accuse Detroit's water department of putting poor people at risk with mass shutoffs.</p><p>Back in March, the city began to shut off water service to more than 150,000 delinquent customers who collectively owed more than $118 million.</p><p>One of the groups appealing to the United Nations is the <a href="http://www.blueplanetproject.net/">Blue Planet Project</a>, based in Ottawa, Ontario. We were joined today by its founder Maude Barlow.</p><p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 20:48:02 +0000 Stateside Staff 18164 at http://michiganradio.org Welfare rights group backs UN criticism over Detroit water shutoffs Stateside for Thursday, April 3, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-thursday-april-3-2014 <p>It's no surprise that shipping conditions on the Great Lakes are miserable, even though spring has officially sprung and the shipping season officially opened March 25.</p><p>No commercial traffic has yet made it to the Soo Locks and ice is still four feet thick in some places, particularly in Lake Superior. On today’s show, we speak with a member of the U.S. Coast Guard about what's being done about this.</p><p>Then, what happened as World War II brought women and minorities into Detroit's assembly plants?</p><p>And, the Detroit bankruptcy is starting to affect the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department. Water prices could go up, impacting consumers far outside the city. Daniel Howes joined us for our weekly check-in to tell us more.</p><p>Also, Phil Cavanagh became the third candidate to enter the race to replace Robert Ficano as Wayne County Executive.</p><p>First on the show,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Michigan's economy may be pulling itself up and out of the Great Recession.</span></p><p>But our schools are still mired in an "education recession" and all of our children are paying the price.</p><p>That's the finding of the newest State of Michigan Education Report from The Education Trust-Midwest.</p><p>It's an eye-opening exercise to see how our state's schools and student performance compares to two states that are powering ahead in the national assessment: Massachusetts and Tennessee.</p><p>What lessons can Michigan learn from those two states?</p><p>The co-author of the new education report, Amber Arellano of The Education Trust-Midwest, joined us today.</p><p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 21:06:34 +0000 Stateside Staff 17094 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Thursday, April 3, 2014 Detroit bankruptcy struggle now affects Water and Sewerage Department http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-bankruptcy-struggle-now-affects-water-and-sewerage-department <p>The spotlight of the Detroit bankruptcy struggle is widening. From the DIA&nbsp;to the retirees and now to water.</p><p>As the clock ticks, emergency manager Kevyn Orr has fired the latest salvo in the increasingly testy talks with county representatives over the future of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department.</p><p>Detroit News business columnist Daniel Howes joined us today to discuss the issue.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 20:53:54 +0000 Stateside Staff 17089 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit bankruptcy struggle now affects Water and Sewerage Department Flint leaders to talk with state officials about water pipeline http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-leaders-talk-state-officials-about-water-pipeline <p>Leaders from Flint will meet with state officials in Lansing tomorrow. The conversation will be about water.</p><p></p><p>Flint has been getting its municipal water from Detroit’s water system for more than 30 years.&nbsp; &nbsp;But Flint officials say the Detroit water is becoming more and more expensive, and their city needs an alternative.</p><p></p><p>They want to be part of a project to tap water from Lake Huron.</p><p></p> Thu, 01 Nov 2012 01:02:30 +0000 Steve Carmody 9723 at http://michiganradio.org Flint leaders to talk with state officials about water pipeline