Family says elderly woman’s basement flooded with raw sewage in Detroit
Since March, Damita Pitman and her elderly aunt Rosetta have been dealing with flood waters coming into their Carpenter Street home in Detroit. But since the recent major rainfall, Pitman said they have had at least a foot of raw sewage in the basement.
Detroit water department faces staffing shortage leading to long wait times for water system repairs
DETROIT – Residents in Detroit are worried about water problems caused by the severe weather. The reason the problems are taking so long to fix are because of the lack of staff at the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD). The DWSD said they are working to address the issues throughout the city of Detroit, but just don’t have the manpower right now. READ: City of Detroit extends moratorium on residential water shutoffs through 2022There is a fire hydrant on Grand River Avenue that is broken and is causing a lot of problems. Women who live nearby said they are concerned about the neighbors who live in the area and have to deal with the mess.
City of Detroit extends moratorium on residential water shutoffs through 2022
DETROIT – On Tuesday, the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) Director Gary Brown joined Mayor Mike Duggan to announce the intention to permanently end water service interruptions in the City of Detroit. Currently, through several available funding sources, water service will be maintained for residents who do not have the ability to pay through at least 2022. And, as a former city health director and water rights advocate, I am proud to join Mayor Duggan today as he announces the city’s intention to end residential water shutoffs permanently. This also expended minor home plumbing repairs to $1,500 on average and financial assistance – opening it up to at least 5,000 more Detroit households annually. 92 percent of Detroit households regularly pay their water billsDWSD recognizes Detroit residents who are making payments on a monthly basis.
Detroit motorcyclist hospitalized after crashing into hole
DETROIT – Stephanie Medina and her husband Diego Medina live in southwest Detroit on Vernor Highway. “They told me he was trying to pass by a car and didn’t see a hole... when he tried to pass the car, he fell into the hole,” said Stephanie Medina. Calls to city of Detroit officials led us to Wayne County and eventually the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD). A day after our inquiries, crews were hard at work to seal the spot where Diego Medina crashed. “I was really angry... because they could’ve put something over the hole,” Stephanie Medina said.
Detroit reports city employee email accounts breach; DWSD customer info could be compromised
DETROIT – The city of Detroit announced Thursday that a handful of city employee email accounts were potentially exposed during a breach of data, possibly compromising hundreds of water department customers’ sensitive information. The Department of Innovation and Technology (DoIT) was able to “quickly respond and contain the breach to fewer than 10 affected accounts,” reads a statement from the city. Some of the compromised accounts contained sensitive data belonging to city of Detroit employees, Chief Information Office Beth Niblock said. DWSD customers’ info may be compromisedThe city also said that as part of this breach sensitive information from fewer than 300 of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department’s (DWSD) customers could have been compromised, too. Related: Michigan Medicine issues alert after data breach exposes personal information of patients
Detroit to invest $500M over five years to upgrade citys water and sewer systems
Detroits Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) announced today that it will make a major investment in overhauling the citys water and sewer systems. The bulk of the money will be spent on replacing Detroits water and sewer pipes; Mobley said the average age of the citys water mains is around 90 years old. As the city replaces water mains, it will also replace any lead service lines at no cost to homeowners. For 2019, the city has planned 29 miles of water line replacement and 19 miles of sewer line replacement at a cost of $57.4 million. Funding for the projects is possible through the $50 million annual lease payment from the Great Lakes Water Authority for use of Detroits water infrastructure, increased collection rates from DWSD, and potential sale of municipal bonds.detroit.curbed.com