Michigan lawmakers reinstate freeze on water shutoffs amid pandemic
LANSING, Mich. – Michigan lawmakers voted Thursday to prohibit water shutoffs across the state through March, reinstating a moratorium that was upended by a court ruling. Negotiations over $100 million in aid for small businesses and laid-off workers continued between the Democratic governor and the Republican-led Legislature. Whitmer had barred water shutoffs in an order last spring. “Water is a human right and, especially amid the COVID-19 pandemic, is essential to hydration, hygiene and public health,” said the bill sponsor, Democratic Sen. Stephanie Chang of Detroit. Republicans remain frustrated by the state health department's order that has prohibited indoor restaurant dining and in-person instruction at high schools while also closing entertainment venues.
Gov. Whitmer extends order protecting Michigan residents from water shutoffs
Gretchen Whitmer has extended an executive order protecting Michigan residents from having their water shut off through the end of the year. The initial order on water protections was signed in late March. A total of 2,477 Michiganders have had their water restored during the coronavirus pandemic, including more than 1,200 families in Detroit. The legislation also provides a 25% rebate on total water bills for eligible customers while funding lasts. For the health and safety of all, we fully understand the importance of having access to water in your home, Flint Mayor Sheldon Neeley said.