Final water affordability fair scheduled for Detroit customers with past-due bills

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DETROIT — The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department will hold a final water affordability fair to allow past-due customers an opportunity to make payment arrangements and avoid service shutoffs.

The event is scheduled to run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Cobo Center downtown.

A moratorium on water service shutoffs ends Monday.

Mayor Mike Duggan announced earlier this month that the city would offer affordable, consistent payment plans and financial assistance to many delinquent customers.

Detroit stepped up shutoffs in March of commercial and residential customers 60 days behind or owing more than $150. More than 3,000 lost water service in April and about 4,500 in May. The shutoffs topped 7,200 in June.

Several groups appealed to the United Nations for support. In response, shut-offs were temporarily suspended July 21.

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