Suburbanite’s advice on water shutoffs: ‘Don’t stay in the shower 3 hours’
Staff report DETROIT — “If I can’t pay for something, I don’t get it.” “What are they spending their money on? I would want to monitor their water habits.” Downtown Detroit workers being interviewed about Detroit’s mass water shutoffs show they have little understanding or compassion for the tens of thousands of residents whose water have been turned off under Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s aggressive water shutoff policy, which began in late March. Filmed in front of a water fountain, spewing gallons of water by the second, Kate Levy interviews Detroit’s “new talent” about Detroit’s mass water shutoffs attracting international attention. According to the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, half of its customers are in delinquency status — 60 days past due or owe $150 or more on their monthly bills. The department is shutting off 1500-3000 customers a week to “clean up the books at the expense of residents in order to make the water department more attractive to potential buyers outside the city,” some say.