The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department says they are working with consumers after rallies over the weekend prompted officials to address the situation differently.
DWSD reports that a large number of residential and business customers are delinquent; collectively leaving an approximate $90 million balance.
Some Detroiters say water is a human right and should not be suspended due to an unpaid bill. Other customers believe account holders should pay up for clean water.
As for now, the water department has halted shut-off notices for two weeks to give customers time to address their red statements. On August 2nd, DWSD will hold a Water Affordability Fair.
Financially stressed customers will be able to get assistance paying their balances at the gathering, while other consumers will be able to pay their bill or get set up on a payment plan. The event will take place at the Eastside Customer Service Center on McNichols near Gratiot from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.