- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Water and Sewage Department says it’s increasing the amount of financial assistance available to low-income customers with overdue water bills amid a new round of water shutoffs beginning next month.

The department announced Tuesday that the Detroit Water Fund will now cover up to 50 percent of past-due amounts for qualifying low-income households that owe between $300 and $2,000. Officials said the water fund also will pay as much as 25 percent of future bills for up to 12 months.

The fund is allowing people who have defaulted on payment plans to reapply without penalty.

A new round of water shutoffs is scheduled to start May 1 and affect up to 28,000 customers.

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