Detroit Water suspends shut-offs for 15 days

Jul 21, 2014

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The Detroit Water and Sewage Department is suspending shut-offs for 15 days.

Department Spokesman Bill Johnson said this suspension is a pause, not a moratorium. 

The department has been receiving a lot of criticism worldwide for shutting off water to 17,000 customers since March.

The 15 days will allow people another chance to come forward and prove they cannot pay their bills. The time will also be spent communicating with customers about payment plan options and financial assistance.

Detroit News Reporter Chad Livengood joined Stateside today to talk about the suspension. Read his story in the Detroit News here

*Listen to full interview above.