Detroit water shutoffs

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Gov. Whitmer unveils $500M spending strategy for Michigan water

Gov. Whitmer unveils $500M spending strategy for Michigan water

October 1, 2020 | Kelly House

Experts said the strategy, which largely draws upon existing funding sources to tackle PFAS contamination, lead pipe replacement, sewer overflows and other water challenges, is a good step but fixing Michigan’s water infrastructure will require more investment.

Opinion | How to ensure water security and beat coronavirus in Michigan

Opinion | How to ensure water security and beat coronavirus in Michigan

April 1, 2020 | Rahul Mitra

As welcome are the orders to restore water, they will not end the coronavirus crisis nor protect us from future ones, without three additional actions in the short, medium and long term.

Coronavirus makes even finding water to help the needy a struggle in Detroit

Coronavirus makes even finding water to help the needy a struggle in Detroit

March 26, 2020 | Martina Guzmán

Hoarding has made bottled water a scarce commodity in Michigan, complicating efforts to deliver the bare essentials to thousands of Detroit residents.

Detroit moving faster to restore water, but hundreds still without service

Detroit moving faster to restore water, but hundreds still without service

March 21, 2020 | Joel Kurth

Ten days into an emergency effort to restore water to Detroit homes, several hundred residents still remain without water and activists wants Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to enlist the National Guard to help in the effort.

Detroit off to slow start restoring water to homes as coronavirus hits

Detroit off to slow start restoring water to homes as coronavirus hits

March 13, 2020 | Joel Kurth

Detroit has turned water back on to fewer than 100 homes despite a program that slashes reconnection fees to $25. City officials say they are racing to solve phone and contractor issues they blame for the delays.

Detroit to offer $25 water restorations as coronavirus fears mount

Detroit to offer $25 water restorations as coronavirus fears mount

March 9, 2020 | Joel Kurth

Detroit is offering to turn back on water for $25 to halt the spread of coronavirus, and for 30 days, the state of Michigan will pick up the tab for those who can’t afford it, Mayor Mike Duggan announced.

Detroit says no proof water shutoffs harm health. Get real, experts say.

Detroit says no proof water shutoffs harm health. Get real, experts say.

February 26, 2020 | Joel Kurth

 Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is unlikely to declare a state emergency to end Detroit water shutoffs, prompting debate about how much proof is needed about health detriments that researchers say are obvious.  

Bernie Sanders calls Detroit shutoffs an ‘outrage,’ as city seeks more help

Bernie Sanders calls Detroit shutoffs an ‘outrage,’ as city seeks more help

February 19, 2020 | Joel Kurth

Citing a Bridge Magazine article, Sanders calls water shutoffs a ‘moral outrage.’ City officials say they want to expand relief efforts for thousands of impoverished residents with no running water.

Detroit wants to expand water help. Here’s how to avoid disconnections.

Detroit wants to expand water help. Here’s how to avoid disconnections.

February 17, 2020 | Joel Kurth

Detroit officials want to double the amount of help available for low-income customers facing water shutoffs. Most programs help those who aren't yet disconnected.

I hate to complain, but I haven’t had water in a year. A Detroit story.

I hate to complain, but I haven’t had water in a year. A Detroit story.

February 17, 2020 | Joel Kurth, Mike Wilkinson

After two years of decline, Detroit water shutoffs jumped 44 percent last year, as the city stopped water to 1 in 9 homes. Most stayed off a month or more, and nearly 10,000 homes still don’t have service.

Wary of water safety, Michigan residents want stronger regulation

Wary of water safety, Michigan residents want stronger regulation

February 11, 2020 | Alexandra Schmidt

Polling by The Center for Michigan of more than 3,100 residents shows broad support for increased regulations to protect waterways and heightened anxieties about their safety.

How to get help with Detroit water payments and avoid shutoffs

How to get help with Detroit water payments and avoid shutoffs

August 19, 2019 | Joel Kurth

Every year, thousands of Detroit customers are disconnected for nonpayment. Many resources exist for help. Here is what is available.

Detroit shut off water to 11,800 homes this year. Most are still off.

Detroit shut off water to 11,800 homes this year. Most are still off.

August 19, 2019 | Joel Kurth

Records show 62 percent of Detroit residential shutoffs were without service as of Aug. 1. The vast majority had gone a week or more, contradicting claims that the city restores nearly all water within 48 hours.

She was born to fight – and did for 3 years without water in Detroit

She was born to fight – and did for 3 years without water in Detroit

May 14, 2019 | Joel Kurth

Fayette Coleman was tough as nails and endured an epic water shutoff. Now, activists wonder if that led to her death. Despite 100,000 shutoffs, no one knows because the issue is scarcely researched.

Detroit studying whether to shut water in underpopulated neighborhoods

Detroit studying whether to shut water in underpopulated neighborhoods

October 24, 2018 | Joel Kurth

Rising costs, aging infrastructure: Are closing taps to abandoned blocks the answer? Detroit is amid a study to find out.

In Detroit, surviving without running water has become a way of life

In Detroit, surviving without running water has become a way of life

October 24, 2018 | Joel Kurth

New records show more than 1,500 occupied homes never had water restored this year after disconnections for nonpayment. That’s at least 1 in 10 shutoffs this year from Detroit’s aggressive collections.

Detroit cites progress, but water shutoffs actually rose last year

Detroit cites progress, but water shutoffs actually rose last year

May 2, 2017 | Joel Kurth

Residential shutoffs spiked 18 percent in 2016 - countering city officials' expectations. A staggering 83,000 homes have lost water service at some point since the city launched a crackdown on delinquent accounts in 2014.

Interactive Map: Detroit water shutoffs by neighborhood

Interactive Map: Detroit water shutoffs by neighborhood

May 2, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson, Joel Kurth

Go block by block to scan the more than 27,000 homes that had water cut off in 2016.

Are Detroit water shutoffs and illnesses related?

Are Detroit water shutoffs and illnesses related?

May 2, 2017 | Joel Kurth

"A significant difference in diagnoses" of skin or gastrointestinal infection was found in residents who lived on blocks with water shutoffs. But researchers acknowledge there's not yet enough data to prove a link.