Detroit — U.S. Rep. John Conyers vowed Monday to fight for Detroiters whose water is being cut off and said he would seek federal aid.
Conyers, speaking Monday in the city for a newly formed coalition called the Detroit Water Brigade, said the water issue is “the most important item on my agenda.”
“This is a national issue,” the Detroit congressman said.“Water is a human right. It’s necessary for life.”
In March, the utility announced it was starting a campaign to target tens of thousands of Detroiters with balances more than $150 overdue or more than two months behind on their payments.
The department and contractors working for it have cut off more than 8,000 accounts from March to May. The department has more than 178,000 active residential accounts and nearly 80,000 of them are past due, totaling nearly $42 million in overdue accounts, according to the Detroit Water & Sewerage Department.
About 76 percent of those whose water was turned off in May paid their bills and had service restored within two days, according to the department.
These are just deadbeats waiting for their Obamaphones, mortgage payments, and water bill checks.