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 8, 2014: State gives $1M to help with delinquent Detroit water bills

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 15, 2014: Residents face shut offs while water spews from abandoned building

July 17, 2014: Tensions rise over Detroit water shut offs