Skip to comments.Thousands go without water as Detroit cuts service for nonpayment
Posted on 06/29/2014 4:54:35 AM PDT by SkyPilot
Nicole Hill holds up her past-due water bill at her home in Detroit. Her water has been off for about six weeks.
It has been six weeks since the city turned off Nicole Hill's water.
Dirty dishes are piled in the sink of her crowded kitchen, where the yellow-and-green linoleum floor is soiled and sticky. A small garbage can is filled with water from a neighbor, while a bigger one sits outside in the yard, where she hopes it will collect some rain. She's developed an intricate recycling system of washing the dishes, cleaning the floor and flushing the toilet with the same water.
"It's frightening, because you think this is something that only happens somewhere like Africa," said Hill, a single mother who is studying homeland security at a local college. "But now I know what they're going through when I get somewhere there's a water faucet, I drink until my stomach hurts."
Hill is one of thousands of residents in Detroit who have had their water and sewer services turned off as part of a crackdown on customers who are behind on their bills. In April, the city set a target of cutting service to 3,000 customers a week who were more than $150 behind on their bills. In May, the water department sent out 46,000 warnings and cut off service to 4,531. The city says that cutting off water is the only way to get people to pay their bills as Detroit tries to emerge from bankruptcy the utility is currently owed $90 million from customers, and nearly half the city's 300,000 or so accounts are past due.
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Looks like she certainly had money for lots of food and a few tattoos on that bodacious body.
My thoughts exactly
Food, Shelter & Medical Services too!
And never had to wait in line, or fill out any forms! ...Bingo, here ya go.
“Dirty dishes are piled in the sink of her crowded kitchen, where the yellow-and-green linoleum floor is soiled and sticky”
In times with water, the dishes we always washed and neatly stacked in Nicole’s cupboard while he floor was clean enough to eat off.
I have no idea what the cost of tattoos are but I recall hearing they are not inexpensive. Sure seems like this person has a priority issue, not a money one.
In the picture of the protestors, notice all the signs appear to have been professionally produced? I suppose those dolts carrying them have full time jobs and are carrying their piece of astroturf in their back pockets.
Nicole is the problem..... single mother, student loans, poor field of studies. loser, loser, loser gibmedat loser
And im sure shes got the obligatory 60” flatscreen and latest gen smart phone.
Looks like Nicole has been brunching at the buffet table every day. Another sob story that we;re gonna give a rat’s arse that other people are starving especially when we have our own problems and this “issue” coming from a Rat’ city.
If they have cell phones, EBT, cable, do drugs or alcohol they are not poor. They make poor decisions. And, we enable those lifestyle decisions by taking care of lifes necessities. My brother-in-laws church will help anybody, but they have to give up cell phones, eating out, etc. Then the help is really substantial. But almost nobody avails themselves of the help, which often included hiring them with benefits to do a job. They wont give up anything to climb out of poverty. So, the church says, come back when you need us.
There are hundreds of freepers who won’t admit there’s a Depression. Weird, to me. They think anybody who is out of a job is a lazy slacker, lol.
Obama bailout in 3 . 2 . 1..............
> Looks like she certainly had money for lots of food and a few tattoos on that bodacious body.
I’d be curious to know how much she puts taxpayers on the hook for annually but that’d be racist... for me to want to know given that I work my fingers to the bone 50 - 60 hours a week to support her so she can sit on her fat a$$ and watch TV while collectng freebies for her and her chill’uns
And, this is the crux of the problem. The truth is these people are likely on entitlement existence anyway. Their "condos" and "apartments" are likely all Section 8 where they pay a pitiful pittance, if any. They are on EBT, and collect SNAP, WICs, TANF or any number of the 85 other programs that crisscross this nation like a cancer. Rent assistance, heat and electricity assistance, church pantries, ObamaPhones - the whole nine yards.
SSDI, SSI and EITC also. THOUSANDS OF dollars per year, and they still cannot be counted on to pay a frigging water bill. It is foreign to them because it is virtually the ONLY thing for which they have to pay. Screw them.
Open a public spigot at the end of the street.
Each person gets 2 buckets to transport the water home for consummation and bathing.
The sad thing is that there are investors lined up who say they can bring the cost down to a median rate of $40 to $45 and implement sliding scales and metering plans but the debt has to be eliminated first.
$75 per month is insanely high but so is $40 in my opinion.
Yes there is a depression, but believe me, Nicole Hill is a slacker.
With all due respect, you cannot possibly be defending the star subject of this article, can you?
Depression aside, we have and will have, under Obama and similar governance, these permanent class of people who are nothing but leeches. Half of the entire Democrat voter base is comprised of these people.
Perhaps not lazy slacker, but lazy
There are lots of jobs but the require moving. They might require new skill sets.
Any body wanting a job can learn to drive a truck and get a CDL license.
Anybody can get a job in The Texas and North Dakota oil fields.
Waiting for the old job to return is just lazy excuse for not seeking what is available
if they can afford cable TV, they can afford water.
End of story.
Go back to the picture and look at her nails.
Cable TV, yes. Water, no.
The United States of America, one step closer to third world status.
“Nicole Hill said she was told she owed $5,754, which she finds impossible to believe. She moved into her apartment five years ago, and right away the water bills seemed strange $200 a month or more. When she called the water department to have it check on her water, she didn’t get anywhere, she said.”
Does seem a little high to me. The article states that guys living in houses only owe a couple hundred. Maybe they’re billing her for the whole building?
I agree but that is only part of the problem here.
Democratic policies and Democratic leadership.
No, I wasn’t. I was making a general comment. I do believe we are in a Depression, yes. This goofy woman is, unfortunately, the new face of America to be flashed around the world. What an embarrassment!
I don't think we can lay Detroit at his feets. Detroit has been decades in the making. Probably since they elected their first socialist Africanmerican mayor. Now they are reaping what they have sown.
I do see a couple of things in the story that I find interesting. 1) it seems to come as a shock to some that clean purified water is not FREE. 2) You cannot spell Detroit without a RIOT.
Let the utilities be able to directly deduct their bill from the homeowner’s welfare/SS payments. Problem solved.
Obviously, when I posted I didn’t realize that people would assume that I meant this woman in the photo. I didn’t. I do believe we are in a Depression and a lot of freepers are in denial.
5 years, a phone call to the water department, and the problem ain’t fixed
maybe writing a letter.. in cursive...would help
I have no sympathy for her or those hundreds of thousands (millions) like her. Nor do I have sympathy for a journalist that is too lazy and too stupid to come up with a worthy example of need-beyond-control.
They simply aren’t even going through the motions of standards and decency any more. Just plain whining to stir up trouble, WHICH by the way has had it’s desired effect with the UNITED NATIONS now weighing in on their petty third and fourth world crap hole opinions.
A sane answer would be to have a minimum use cost that's low and is just enough water to survive. Above that, increase the rates. Instead, around here, it's just the opposite. The "minimum use" is pricey and is paying for more than an adequate amount of water for people who conserve.
The only answer is inner city jobs...bring manufacturing back. Then people will have paychecks instead of freebies.
The cost in Detroit is extremely high ($75 per month on average) but there are reasons for it. Heavy unionization, mismanagement, and thousands of unpaid bills make up the bulk of that cost.
John Conyers naturally wants to make things worse. He sent a letter to Obama demanding that he write a check not only to pay the debt but for an extra hundred million so the people can continue not paying their bills.
Notice how shallow these ‘news’ reports are that completely fail to discuss the liberal causes of the problem. This is a a great example of a liberal run city that has completely been run into the ground. I would like to know the salaries of the water department employees. I bet they are all unionized, some sporting six figure salaries and retirees with overbloated retirement plans. No liberal news reporter will go there.
Water should be free? How is she spending her welfare check? On booze? The reporter never asks.
I did have to laugh that these stupid journalists pick an obese woman as one of the great deprived. And, you are right, it’s lazy beyond belief. I would have looked for the skinniest, most miserable person in Detroit. Of course, it might be the photographer, not the journalist who goofed up.
Still, to me, the idea of hundreds or thousands of people going without water (for whatever reason) is a ticket to disaster for this country.
Yeah but if you read the article, and taking what is said as true, there is something seriously wrong with this woman’s bill. She said she was getting bills for $200 a month for water, that she’s lived there 5 years and she owes almost $6,000. My water bill is about $25 a month. Something is wrong there.
And I love the picture of the smirking white guy. It’s him and other white liberals like him who empowered the black racists to ruin Detroit and the lives of its residents.
GOOD JOB ALL!
On her right hand, or left?
Very interesting. Thanks for posting.
“...bring manufacturing back.”
I wish someone would study how environmental wacko-ism helped to destroy manufacturing in this country.
I don’t know this to be true (hence the need for study) but I expect that it is.
Maybe if she’d spent a little more time in school learning how to write and converse (not conversate) she’d have been equipped enough to deal with that problem. The problem is that she very very likely has EVERY one of her other basic needs covered by entitlements and she didn’t give one crap about her ‘bill’ (what’s that?) until she lost her water. It’s all about MENTALITY - not an actual problem that could have been resolved years ago had she actually cared.
What did she care? She has her tattoos, he hair did and her nails, didn’t she?
I see Nicole can afford tattoos, manicures and lots of food. Perhaps her priorities are a bit off.
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