Detroit water shutoffs timeline

DETROIT – 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. 

Water 1

April 7, 2014: Sinking in unpaid water bills: DWSD owed $118 million

Water 2

April 16, 2014: Detroit tries to crack down on wasted water

June 17, 2014: Detroit City Council approves 8.7% water rate increase

Water 3

June 26, 2014: Protesters angered by Detroit water shutoffs

Water 4

July 6, 2014: Water Department shutting off services

Water 5

July 8, 2014: Water shutoffs bring concern over welfare of children

Water 6

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

Water 7

July 9, 2014: Detroit water department targets delinquent businesses

Water 8

July 10, 2014: Water shut off for Detroit woman who's never received bill

Water 9

July 15, 2014: Defenders: Detroit water shutoffs in action

Water 10

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

Water 11

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

Water 12

July 18, 2014: Rally planned to protest Detroit water shutoffs


July 21, 2014: City of Detroit delays water shutoffs 15 days

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July 24, 2014: Windsorites protest Detroit water shutoffs

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July 25, 2014: Councilman James Tate shares his water story

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July 29, 2014: Detroit mayor promises water department changes


July 30, 2014: Couple Battles to Collect $4,400 From Water Department

Water fair

August 2, 2014: Water Affordability Fair flooded with customers

August 4, 2014: Detroit water department extends residential shutoffs moratorium

Water deal

August 6, 2014: Detroit to restructure, sell $5.2 billion in water department debt

Duggan water

August 7, 2014:  Detroit releases 10-point water bill collection plan

Water fund

August 18, 2014: United Way, GM, Ford donate thousands to Detroit Water Ford

water fair

August 22, 2014: Detroit water fair is this weekend at Cobo


August 25, 2014: Water shutoff moratorium ends, shutoffs to begin Tuesday