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Detroit Water and Sewerage Department has been in federally mandated restructuring for more than a decade. The Emergency Manager setup a plan to shutoff residential and commercial accounts that were delinquent. Residents that were 60 days or more overdue by $150 were subjected to shutoff. They were told to come to the office and work through financial plans if they were in difficult times. However the plans required significant down-payment for many of those owing. The question of what was in the bills has also come under scrutiny because DWSD was passing past due amount from owner to owner as property transferred. A large number of residents are also renters and the water bill often is included in rental contracts, however some landlords didn’t take care of the bills in a timely manner. Detroit’s billing practice was once every three months. It is now monthly and the cost is higher than the national average, even though the city sits next to 21% of the world’s fresh surface water supply.
Today’s addition to the collection of documents is the announcement of the Great Lakes Water Authority.
From the Michigan Chronicle (the paper with a contract to print the news from the Emergency Manager, yes we have a bought press).
Rebuilding 1% (30 miles) of its system each year at a cost of about $25 million would have put the city on par with the national average. However, DWSD has spent nomore than $3.4 million in each of the last three years to rebuild its mains.
Dedicated assistance to help customers struggling to pay bills
The agreement creates for the first time a fund dedicated to providing financial assistance to water customers in throughout the region who are struggling to pay their water bill. The fund – established at $4.5 million – will be replenished annually. Today, DWSD sets aside only $168,000 annually to assist its customers.
At this time Mayor Duggan, Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr, and Governor Rick Snyder have approved the GLWA. What remains is for the Detroit City Council and the County Executives from Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb to approve.
COMMUNITY LED AWARENESS
The residents rallied in communities and they sought larger audiences, gaining attention worldwide. It takes a group of dedicated people pushing for justice to ensure a broken system gains needed attention.
Charts from OKCupid, showing how straight women and men rate each other based on ages. For women, the men they find most attractive are roughly their own age. For men, the women they find most attractive are roughly the same age - 20 to 23 - regardless of the age of the man. (538)
Good fucking Christ.