Water Fair scheduled at Cobo Center

Help with payment plans, bill assistance available

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DETROIT - Cobo Center will play host to a Water Fair on August 23 for Detroit residents who need help with their water bills.

The Water Fair will run from 9 am to 5 pm and will be presented by Mayor Mike Duggan and City Council President Brenda Jones, in partnership with the Detroit Water and Sewage Department.

The fair aims to make payment arrangements possible before the shutoffs resume on Monday.

"The goal of the fair is to get as many people as possible current on their water bill. Don't wait until shut-offs resume," said Mayor Duggan.

DWSD personnel will be there to accept payments and enter residents into the 10/30/50 payment plan where a customer pays 10 percent of their bill, and has 24 months to pay off the remaining balance to ensure their water stays on.

Customers will need to bring a valid, government-issued ID.

Those who need it can also apply for assistance from the Detroit Water Fund. Those interested in applying should bring their social security numbers and proof of income for all members of the household. The United Way will be there to help with applications.

The United Way of Southeastern Michigan, the Ford Foundation and the GM Foundation donated a total of $200,000 to the Detroit Water Fund.

Residents are encouraged to visit other community service organizations that will be in attendance to learn ways to save water and money, as well as, find help with food, housing, and health care.

Special assistance will be available for seniors and veterans.

There will be free parking available at Ford Underground and Millennium parking garages.

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