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  • Water shutoff protests amid water delivery from Canada

    Water shutoff protests amid water delivery from Canada

    Thursday, July 24 2014 7:30 PM EDT2014-07-24 23:30:25 GMT
    Our neighbors across the Detroit River are now getting involved in the Detroit water shutoff debate.
    Our neighbors across the Detroit River are now getting involved in the Detroit water shutoff debate.
  • The two sides of the Detroit water bill crisis

    The two sides of the Detroit water bill crisis

    Thursday, July 24 2014 4:59 PM EDT2014-07-24 20:59:57 GMT
    As the city of Detroit advances through its historic bankruptcy, focus has shifted to the water department's controversial efforts to collect unpaid water bills.
    As the city of Detroit advances through its historic bankruptcy, focus has shifted to the water department's controversial efforts to collect unpaid water bills.
  • Detroit water department checking for illegal hookups amid halted shutoffs

    Detroit water department checking for illegal hookups amid halted shutoffs

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 5:13 PM EDT2014-07-22 21:13:20 GMT
    Water shutoffs are on hold but not for scofflaws. Over the next two weeks Detroit Water and Sewerage Department contractors will check up on roughly 9,000 homes where the water was shut off for illegal hookups.
    Water shutoffs are on hold but not for scofflaws. Over the next two weeks Detroit Water and Sewerage Department contractors will check up on roughly 9,000 homes where the water was shut off for illegal hookups.
  • Website matches anonymous donors with those who can't pay water bill

    Website matches anonymous donors with those who can't pay water bill

    Monday, July 21 2014 8:40 PM EDT2014-07-22 00:40:27 GMT
    A group of anonymous donors have agreed to pay the delinquent water bills for those who can't afford them.
    A group of anonymous donors have agreed to pay the delinquent water bills for those who can't afford them.
  • Detroiter says she was turned away for water payment plan

    Detroiter says she was turned away for water payment plan

    Monday, July 21 2014 6:07 PM EDT2014-07-21 22:07:11 GMT
    The city of Detroit says it won't shut off water for those with unpaid bills for 15 days. The Water and Sewerage Department is giving customers more time to prove they cannot pay their bills and enroll in a payment plan. One woman says she tried to enroll in one but was turned away.
    The city of Detroit says it won't shut off water for those with unpaid bills for 15 days. The Water and Sewerage Department is giving customers more time to prove they cannot pay their bills and enroll in a payment plan. One woman says she tried to enroll in one but was turned away.
  • Detroit: No water shutoffs for next 15 days

    Detroit: No water shutoffs for next 15 days

    Monday, July 21 2014 5:31 PM EDT2014-07-21 21:31:15 GMT
    The city of Detroit says it won't shut off water to people with unpaid bills for the next 15 days, the latest response to a controversy that caused a large protest last week.
    The city of Detroit says it won't shut off water to people with unpaid bills for the next 15 days, the latest response to a controversy that caused a large protest last week.
  • Demonstrators remember activist Charity Hicks

    Demonstrators remember activist Charity Hicks

    Demonstrators remember activist Charity Hicks

    Sunday, July 20 2014 2:11 PM EDT2014-07-20 18:11:28 GMT
    The victim of a hit and run accident in Manhattan six weeks ago has died. Charity Hicks had been in a coma since being hit by a car at a bus stop on 10th Avenue May 31st. Hicks was a community activist from Detroit who helped start the anti-water shut off movement.
    The victim of a hit and run accident in Manhattan six weeks ago has died. Charity Hicks had been in a coma since being hit by a car at a bus stop on 10th Avenue May 31st. Hicks was a community activist from Detroit who helped start the anti-water shut off movement.
  • Detroit to launch new water leak reporting app

    Detroit to launch new water leak reporting app

    Saturday, July 19 2014 11:18 PM EDT2014-07-20 03:18:38 GMT
    Water has been shut off to thousands of Detroit residents in recent months. Despite protests, more shutoffs are expected. So, what about water that's running non-stop inside abandoned homes? Soon there will be a new way to stop that, too.
    Water has been shut off to thousands of Detroit residents in recent months. Despite protests, more shutoffs are expected. So, what about water that's running non-stop inside abandoned homes? Soon there will be a new way to stop that, too.
  • Rallies to protest Detroit water shutoffs

    Rallies to protest Detroit water shutoffs

    Friday, July 18 2014 5:37 PM EDT2014-07-18 21:37:20 GMT
    Protesters gathered on Grand Boulevard in Detroit outside the Homrich facility, where contractors are in charge of turning water on and off in Detroit.
    Protesters gathered on Grand Boulevard in Detroit outside the Homrich facility, where contractors are in charge of turning water on and off in Detroit.
  • Hundreds march against Detroit water shutoffs, actor Mark Ruffalo among them

    Hundreds march against Detroit water shutoffs, actor Mark Ruffalo among them

    Friday, July 18 2014 5:36 PM EDT2014-07-18 21:36:26 GMT
    The outcry and outrage over Detroit's water shutoffs seemed to reach a crescendo Friday as at least one thousand protesters took to the streets of downtown Detroit, demanding the shutoffs be stopped.
    The outcry and outrage over Detroit's water shutoffs seemed to reach a crescendo Friday as at least one thousand protesters took to the streets of downtown Detroit, demanding the shutoffs be stopped.
  • Detroit water department warns against illegal hookups amid shutoffs

    Detroit water department warns against illegal hookups amid shutoffs

    Thursday, July 17 2014 10:02 PM EDT2014-07-18 02:02:52 GMT
    Detroit water customers who are struggling to pay the water bill are finding some help - but it's illegal. Social media sites are now surfacing instructing people how to steal water. 
    Detroit water customers who are struggling to pay the water bill are finding some help - but it's illegal. Social media sites are now surfacing instructing people how to steal water. 
  • Let It Rip: The Detroit water crisis, raises for elected officials

    Let It Rip: The Detroit water crisis, raises for elected officials

    Thursday, July 10 2014 9:49 PM EDT2014-07-11 01:49:09 GMT
    Is access to clean water a fundamental human right? Then, the City of Detroit may be bankrupt but its elected officials are getting a pay raise.
    Is access to clean water a fundamental human right? Then, the City of Detroit may be bankrupt but its elected officials are getting a pay raise.
  • Detroit water shutoff protesters arrested

    Detroit water shutoff protesters arrested

    Thursday, July 10 2014 6:28 PM EDT2014-07-10 22:28:29 GMT
    Ten people were arrested during a Detroit water shutoff protest Thursday morning. The large crowd of community members and local religious leaders gathered in front of Homerich Wrecking Incorporated on East Grand Boulevard.
    Ten people were arrested during a Detroit water shutoff protest Thursday morning. The large crowd of community members and local religious leaders gathered in front of Homerich Wrecking Incorporated on East Grand Boulevard.
  • $1 million grant to help those with overdue water bills

    $1 million grant to help those with overdue water bills

    Wednesday, July 9 2014 6:11 PM EDT2014-07-09 22:11:43 GMT
    This week, hundreds of eligible Detroit residents could receive financial help in paying their water bills. The Detroit Residential Water Assistance Program (DRWAP) has close to $1 million in its coffers to help customers who are experiencing affordability problems.
    This week, hundreds of eligible Detroit residents could receive financial help in paying their water bills. The Detroit Residential Water Assistance Program (DRWAP) has close to $1 million in its coffers to help customers who are experiencing affordability problems.
  • List of top 40 active accounts over 60-days due on Detroit water and sewer bills

    List of top 40 active accounts over 60-days due on Detroit water and sewer bills

    Wednesday, July 9 2014 3:11 PM EDT2014-07-09 19:11:46 GMT
    The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department is putting businesses on notice that it will shut off water service if they don't pay their bills. The department is sending warning letters this week to about 200 commercial and industrial customers with accounts listed as more than 60 days over.
    The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department is putting businesses on notice that it will shut off water service if they don't pay their bills. The department is sending warning letters this week to about 200 commercial and industrial customers with accounts listed as more than 60 days over.
  • Detroit targets businesses' overdue water bills

    Detroit targets businesses' overdue water bills

    Wednesday, July 9 2014 11:13 AM EDT2014-07-09 15:13:45 GMT
    The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department is putting businesses on notice that it will shut off water service if they don't pay their bills following recent efforts to crack down on residential customers who are in arrears.
     
    The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department is putting businesses on notice that it will shut off water service if they don't pay their bills following recent efforts to crack down on residential customers who are in arrears.
     
  • Help For Detroiters Behind on Water Bills

    Help For Detroiters Behind on Water Bills

    Tuesday, July 8 2014 4:42 PM EDT2014-07-08 20:42:17 GMT

    Detroit Residential Water Assistance Program Raises Close to $1 Million to Help Low-Income Detroiters

    Detroit Residential Water Assistance Program Raises Close to $1 Million to Help Low-Income Detroiters

  • Protests over water shut-offs in Detroit

    Protests over water shut-offs in Detroit

    Thursday, July 3 2014 9:08 PM EDT2014-07-04 01:08:34 GMT
    Protests continue over water shut-offs in Detroit. Several groups are appealing the United Nations to stop the city of Detroit from shutting off water to people who cannot afford to pay.Play the video to get the full report from Fox 2's Robin Schwartz.
    Protests continue over water shut-offs in Detroit. Several groups are appealing the United Nations to stop the city of Detroit from shutting off water to people who cannot afford to pay.Play the video to get the full report from Fox 2's Robin Schwartz.
  • Let It Rip Weekend: Water Shutoffs and Ending the War on Drugs

    Let It Rip Weekend: Water Shutoffs and Ending the War on Drugs

    Let It Rip Weekend: Water Shutoffs and Ending the War on Drugs

    Sunday, June 29 2014 10:53 AM EDT2014-06-29 14:53:54 GMT
    Activists hope the United Nations can stop the Detroit Water Department from turning off the taps in Detroit for people who don't pay their bills. Are shutoffs a human rights violation? Plus, is it time to end the War on Drugs? You'll meet a police veteran who says legalizing ALL drugs is a good idea.
    Activists hope the United Nations can stop the Detroit Water Department from turning off the taps in Detroit for people who don't pay their bills. Are shutoffs a human rights violation? Plus, is it time to end the War on Drugs? You'll meet a police veteran who says legalizing ALL drugs is a good idea.

  • Protests amid more Detroit water shutoffs

    Protests amid more Detroit water shutoffs

    Friday, June 27 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-06-27 19:28:02 GMT
    Protesters made their voices heard Thursday on Randolph Street, insisting the city is violating human rights by shutting off water service to delinquent customers. At least 50,000 shutoff notices have been sent out in recent months.
    Protesters made their voices heard Thursday on Randolph Street, insisting the city is violating human rights by shutting off water service to delinquent customers. At least 50,000 shutoff notices have been sent out in recent months.
  • Activists asking United Nations for help amid Detroit water shutoffs

    Activists asking United Nations for help amid Detroit water shutoffs

    Tuesday, June 24 2014 6:45 PM EDT2014-06-24 22:45:04 GMT
    The Detroit Water Department is shutting off service to people who will not or cannot pay their bills. Now, activists are appealing to the United Nations to get involved, alleging Detroit is committing human rights violations.
    The Detroit Water Department is shutting off service to people who will not or cannot pay their bills. Now, activists are appealing to the United Nations to get involved, alleging Detroit is committing human rights violations.
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