Detroit water department to target delinquent commercial accounts with overdue bills

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DETROIT — The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department plans to target businesses with overdue water bills before cracking down on residential customers.

The department says it will begin ramping up efforts this week to collect tens of millions of dollars in lost revenue. But it says it initially will seek compliance from nearly 2,050 delinquent commercial accounts to avoid shutting off water for 26,000 residential accounts with outstanding balances.

The Detroit News (http://bit.ly/1MGDFyR ) reports the department also will address about 8,355 accounts that have been deemed illegal hookups.

Bill Nowling, spokesman for a new regional water authority set to go into effect in July, says the department eventually will have to shut off water to delinquent residential accounts.

The city wants to ensure residents are aware of payment assistant programs before widespread shut-offs resume.


Information from: The Detroit News, http://detnews.com/

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