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Hundreds of Detroit Homes Water Restored Under COVID-19 Plan, Thousands to Go

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The Detroit water department has restored service to more than 700 properties under a $20-a-month plan during the coronavirus pandemic. But 3,000 homes and counting have been identified that could be eligible.

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Detroit’s water department is addressing concerns that some residents are being left out of the utility’s restart program.

The city is offering a “25-dollar-month” plan, at zero cash down, for customers without water during the coronavirus outbreak. 

Give me 10 people in your district that don’t have water, and I’ll give you within 24 hours a response as to how we got that water back on.” - Gary Brown, Detroit Water Department

Water department director Gary Brown told Detroit City Council this past Monday that he is not sure how many homes in Detroit are without water. He says the utility has restored service to more than 700 properties since the COVID-19 outbreak, with 300 more in the process of joining the program.

I would ask every council person, give me 10 people in your district that don’t have water, and I’ll give you within 24 hours a response as to how we got that water back on,” said Brown.

The utility initially identified 3,000 homes that had their water shut-off in the last year and is planning on expanding its outreach to thousands more. Water-rights activists say many are still without service. 

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Eli Newman, Reporter/Producer

Eli Newman is a Reporter/Producer for 101.9 WDET, covering breaking news, politics and community affairs. His favorite Motown track is “It’s The Same Old Song” by the Four Tops.

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