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Water Affordability Plan

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One Detroit city council member is putting forth a slew of proposals she says will help correct some major inequities in the city.

Council President Pro-Tem Mary Sheffield’s bills aim to address a widely-held perception: that while pockets of Detroit boom with new development, most of the city’s longtime residents aren’t seeing any benefits. These bills deal with some of the city's most pressing "socioeconomic and human rights issues," Sheffield said.

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UPDATED on 8/22/2018 at 10:25 am

On July 1, the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department completed its phase-in of a new drainage rate for residential properties.

The department expects to collect $153 million from the rate in 2019, roughly $30 million more than it will collect from water rates.


A DWSD interceptor sewer line during construction in 2001. This line is north of Detroit in the Clinton River watershed
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Tensions boiled over last night at a public hearing hosted by the Detroit Board of Water Commissioners. The hearing was held to address controversial drainage fees that will be applied to all residential properties by July 1st.

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A group in Detroit hopes that 158,000 signatures will be enough to persuade city officials to stop shutting off water to residents. 

The People's Water Board Coalition has been working on a petition over the summer that has three main goals: stop water shutoffs in Detroit, restore household water to those living without, and implement a water affordability plan.