- Associated Press - Monday, April 20, 2015

DETROIT (AP) - Officials are rolling out a revamped water bill assistance program that promises more help for low-income Detroiters.

The Detroit News reports (http://bit.ly/1Gad22i ) the updates come as the city’s water department prepares to resume shutoffs of delinquent residential accounts in May. Changes involve the $2 million Detroit Water Fund, which was established last year amid protests over shutoffs.

Detroit Chief Operating Officer Gary Brown says the “generous plan” calls for the fund to pay for 50 percent of eligible customers’ overdue bills, rather than the current 25 percent. Brown says the fund also will contribute toward payment of future bills.

Brown says about 29,000 residential accounts are believed to be delinquent. It’s unclear how many would be pursued for shutoffs, which target accounts more than 60 days late or $150 behind.

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Information from: The Detroit News, http://detnews.com/

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