Detroit Faces Criticism For Water Service Shutoffs - WLNS TV 6 Lansing - Jackson | Your Local News Leader

Detroit Faces Criticism For Water Service Shutoffs

Posted: Updated:

DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department's campaign to shut off service to thousands of customers in the city who are delinquent on bills is drawing criticism.

There are reports that a coalition of welfare rights groups is appealing to the United Nations to assist Detroit residents. A report was submitted to the U.N., with groups that want service restored calling the shutoffs a violation of human rights.

On Tuesday, Democratic Congressman John Conyers of Michigan issued a statement calling the shutoffs "inhumane."

Water department officials are defending their actions. The effort announced in March in the bankrupt city seeks to target Detroit residents and companies more than 60 days late on bills. The department says 4,500 shutoffs took place after about 46,000 notices were sent.

Powered by WorldNow

2820 East Saginaw Street,
Lansing, MI  48912

Telephone: 517.372.8282
Fax: 517.372.1507
Email: webmaster@wlns.com

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Young Broadcasting of Lansing, Inc. A Media General Company.