Water shutoffs can resume in Michigan, but communities in no rush

Apr 2, 2021

Detroit — This is no joke: Starting Thursday, communities in Michigan can resume water shutoffs for non-payment. 

But will they during a pandemic? Not in several of Michigan's largest communities.

In Detroit, Michigan's largest city, the moratorium goes on. Weeks before state lawmakers created the three-month moratorium, Detroit announced one of its own through 2022, with intentions that shutoffs will never resume. 

“My goal now is to stop water shutoffs to low-income Detroiters once and for all,” Mayor Mike Duggan said at the time. “We have secured the funding necessary to continue this effort through 2022 and we are building a coalition to make this permanent.”

The Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner's Office provides water and sewer service to about 70,000 homes and businesses in 14 communities. The moratorium in Michigans' second most populous county will continue.

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