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With Half Of City Residents Delinquent, Detroit Restarts Water Shut-Offs

from ZeroHedge:

“Utility disconnection is always considered a last resort, obviously because of consequences for households,” but as Detroit News reports, but water-providers can expect more controversy, as a month-long moratorium against shutting off water for those behind on their bills expired last night. Halting service to people that don’t pay generate outrage among not just Detroit residents but a wider audience who proclaim ‘water should be a right‘. However, as one utility director noted, “We’ve seen a lot more payments…They need that little kick in the pants to get in here and do it.” Water industry experts say cities with high delinquency rates sometimes have few other effective options for getting customers to catch up on their bills. Roughly half of Detroit’s 170,000 customers were delinquent as of last spring.

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1 comment to With Half Of City Residents Delinquent, Detroit Restarts Water Shut-Offs

  • Rodster

    I know in Cape Coral, FL all homeowners are forced by law to cap their water wells and switch to City water. You as a homeowner have NO choice if you own a home their. You are forced into their system and the conversion fee from well to city water is based on a percentage from the value of your home which depending on the home can cost in the range of 40K to convert.

    The the RIGHT to drinking water is taken away from you at least in Cape Coral, FL. đŸ˜‰

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