The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department's decision to crack down on past due water bills has proven controversial, dividing pundits and city leaders such as Mayor Mike Duggan, Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr, and U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes.
Local 4 has been reporting on the water system's plans to shut off service to delinquent customers since April. Here's how the story has unfolded.
April 7, 2014: Sinking in unpaid water bills: DWSD owed $118 million
April 16, 2014: Detroit tries to crack down on wasted water
June 17, 2014: Detroit City Council approves 8.7% water rate increase
June 26, 2014: Protesters angered by Detroit water shutoffs
July 6, 2014: Water Department shutting off services
July 8, 2014: Water shutoffs bring concern over welfare of children
July 9, 2014: Detroit water department targets delinquent businesses
July 10, 2014: Water shut off for Detroit woman who's never received bill
July 15, 2014: Defenders: Detroit water shutoffs in action
July 17, 2014: Tensions rise over Detroit water shut offs