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Detroit suspends water shutoffs; Fried Chicken Frank has a sad

by: Eric B.

Mon Jul 21, 2014 at 12:00:00 PM EDT


Just as the headline reads (except for the Fried Chicken Frank part, which I made up).

Detroit — The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department is suspending water shut-offs for 15 days starting Monday.

The department is facing criticism worldwide for mass shutoffs that have turned off water to 15,200 customers since March, but department spokesman Bill Johnson said the move is not a concession in the high-profile political fight.

“This is a pause. This is not a moratorium,” he said. “We are pausing to give an opportunity to customers who have trouble paying their bills to come in and make arrangements with us. We want to make sure we haven’t missed any truly needy people.”

Saw a different report this morning about how there are a bunch of abandoned buildings in Detroit with water flowing unchecked into their basements. If true, perhaps what they ought to focus on is preventing those losses to the system rather than shutting off water for inhabited homes and apartments.

Eric B. :: Detroit suspends water shutoffs; Fried Chicken Frank has a sad
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Many thanks to everyone who came out to the rally (4.00 / 2)
It certainly appears the rally - and the nationwide attention it drew to this crisis - had a role to play in this.

Great Lakes, Great Times, Great Scott

You're welcome (4.00 / 1)
I was part of that demonstration, as I wrote at my blog.  I also reported on both the suspension of water shutoffs and the pensioner approval of their part of the Grand Bargain.  I'm tempted to post Professor Farnsworth announcing "Good news, everybody!"

Greetings from Detroit, Ground Zero of the post-industrial future!

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Crowdfunding for water (4.00 / 2)
I learned today from Michigan radio about a new crowdfunding way to pay Detroit's residential water bills.

http://detroit-water-project.h...

We match you to a Detroit resident you can help directly by submitting a payment to the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department on their behalf.



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