DETROIT — A newspaper says block-level information detailing how people in Detroit are behind on their water bills illustrates how city neighborhoods are affected by those who can't or don't pay.
The Detroit News reports nearly a quarter of Detroit homes are behind on water bills about 18 months after the city began widespread water shutoffs for delinquent accounts.
The newspaper obtained (http://detne.ws/1S2nEbZ ) block-level data through the Freedom of Information Act. The documents map the impact of the shutoff campaign in Detroit, where records from early January say 44,000 homes, or 22 percent of all occupied homes, are on repayment plans.
According to the report, 1 in 4 occupied homes in northwest and northeast side neighborhoods are on payment plans. Nearly 100 blocks have 10 or more houses on the plans.
Information from: The Detroit News, http://detnews.com/