- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 26, 2016

DETROIT (AP) - Detroit regional water officials say they are working with customers with past-due bills as service shutoffs loom.

The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department announced Tuesday it’s holding a Water Assistance Fair on Saturday. It aims to help customers who are delinquent to establish payment plans to prevent shutoffs. The department says shutoffs start Sunday for residential customers without plans.

Among the options for those who qualify is the Water Residential Assistance Program. It provides financial assistance for low-income residents.

The fair happens at the department’s east-side location.

Officials say roughly 30,000 commercial and residential customers are on plans. About 23,000 have defaulted and risk shutoffs.

The department faced protests in 2014 following shutoffs of delinquent accounts.

Detroit’s water system serves about 700,000 city residents and 4 million people regionally.

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