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Detroit Water and Sewerage Department Steps Up Collections Efforts

Gary A. Brown | Posted 04.06.2016 | Detroit
Gary A. Brown

The Detroit Water & Sewerage Department (DWSD) is undertaking an aggressive approach to collect on past due commercial accounts, contributing to a col...

If Incompetence Was A Crime, Highland Park, Mich. Mayor Windom Would Be Guilty As Charged

David Alexander Bullock | Posted 06.17.2016 | Detroit
David Alexander Bullock

In December 2012, the mayor of Highland Park, Mich., DeAndre Windom, made the decision to close the water plant in his own city and contract with the Detroit Water and Sewage Department. He was praised a public policy genius.

Kate Abbey-Lambertz

Here's How Detroit Is Trying To Make Sure Massive Water Shutoffs Don't Happen Again | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 03.24.2015 | Impact

Detroit will not shut off water to residents this season until officials review ideas to improve assistance for people who can’t pay their bills. It...

PETA Will Help Detroiters Without Water, But It Wants Them To Go Meatless First

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 08.15.2014 | Impact

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, has reached out to aid needy Detroiters who had their water shut off due to outstanding payments...

Detroit Water Crisis: The Dangers of Putting Profits Before People

Reverend Charles E. Williams II | Posted 09.16.2014 | Detroit
Reverend Charles E. Williams II

We celebrate this year, 50 years since the signing of a Civil Rights bill that gave Blacks access to public accommodations that were segregated by race. Now, 50 years later we are marching to maintain public services that are human rights, but being segregated by class.

4 Reasons the Detroit Water Shut-Offs Matter

Lisa Schechtman | Posted 09.05.2014 | Detroit
Lisa Schechtman

Last month, the City of Detroit's Water and Sewerage Department began to shut off water service for around 3,000 customers a week, people who have fallen behind on payments by more than $150 or 60 days.

Detroit Residents Are Collateral Damage to the People Now Calling the Shots

John K. Bennett | Posted 12.19.2012 | Detroit
John K. Bennett

If it has not occurred to the people of Detroit yet, on the heels of 32 murders in 15 days, the bell should be ringing loud and clear soon enough that we are nothing more than collateral damage to Governor Snyder, Mayor Bing and his financial advisory board.

Water Water Everywhere, Let's Just Raise the Rates!

Anthony Barchock | Posted 10.14.2012 | Detroit
Anthony Barchock

The water department has yet again raised the city water rates and has now laid off employees -- so many that they can't send out workers to fix one of their biggest problems plaguing the city: processed city water flowing down the drain.

Bad News For Workers At Detroit's Water Department

Detroit Free Press | Posted 08.09.2012 | Detroit

With fresh evidence of a bloated bureaucracy in Detroit's Water and Sewerage Department, Mayor Dave Bing and the Detroit Water Board embraced a consul...

Tapping Fire Hydrants: Illegal, On The Rise

Detroit News | Posted 07.23.2012 | Detroit

DETROIT--Anthony Benning opened his first fire hydrant when he was 7. With a few turns of a wrench on a hot day, he could turn a Detroit street into a...

The Well Is Running Dry

Coleman Alexander Young II | Posted 05.09.2012 | Detroit
Coleman Alexander Young II

Water is a precious, life-giving resource, not a commodity to be exploited by greed. The only way to ensure it stays that way is to keep Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, our well, in the hands and control of the people.