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Detroiter says she was turned away for water payment plan

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DETROIT (WJBK) - 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.

The decision comes as a group of residents file a class action lawsuit alleging the shutoffs violate constitutional rights. Some believe they're racially motivated.

The water department has recouped almost $2 million since launching the shutoff campaign in March. Delinquent customers owe the department nearly $90 million, which is taking a toll on everyone that pays on time.

Meanwhile, one customer says she tried to get on a payment plan but it still didn't fit her budget.

VIDEO: Click on the video in the video player above to hear her story in the report from Fox 2's Randy Wimbley

The water department says it will hold a one-stop shopping event to get people into the water assistance programs. The Water Affordability Fair will be August 2, 2014 at 13303 McNichols from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

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