Detroit Searches for Running Water in Abandoned Homes

Detroit officials say they are losing money by sending water bills to customers who have already abandoned their homes.

Detroit officials say they plan to send teams throughout the city this weekend to check whether homes being billed for water usage actually have anyone living there.

Officials estimate there are thousands of unoccupied homes where the water service has not been turned off.

The man in charge of Detroit’s efforts to collect payments for water, Gary Brown, tells WDET’s Quinn Klinefelter that the city is doing better at obtaining the revenue owed to it but much more remains to be done.


  • Quinn Klinefelter
    Quinn Klinefelter is a Senior News Editor at 101.9 WDET. In 1996, he was literally on top of the news when he interviewed then-Senator Bob Dole about his presidential campaign and stepped on his feet.