Detroit Adds Business Customers To Residents Targeted For Water Shut-Offs

July 10, 2014

By Quinn Klinefelter

Detroit’s Water and Sewerage Department remains under fire for shutting-off service to thousands of customers.

Critics say water is a basic human right and questioned why the department had not gone after businesses which -- by the city’s own estimate -- account for a third of the roughly $90 million in past due bills.

Now the department is doing just that.

Water Department Deputy Director Darryl Latimer tells WDET’s Quinn Klinefelter about 200 commercial and industrial customers are being put on notice that they had better pay up.

Klinefelter also popped in to WNYC's The Takeaway to discuss water shut-offs in Detroit. Here's what he had to say there: