Skip to comments.A New Site Allows You to Pay a Detroit Resident's Water Bill
Posted on 07/21/2014 2:29:53 PM PDT by PoloSec
Last week, a bankruptcy judge ordered the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department to come up with answers for helping residents pay their overdue water bills, in light of the thousands of shut-off notices the agency has issued across the city. While the water authority must present its alternatives in court today, two resourceful women have already come up with one solution.
Turn on Detroit's Water is a website that matches donors with Detroiters who are struggling to pay their water bills. The site invites residents with overdue bills to submit their information. From there, the sitewhich is the work of Tiffani Ashley Bell and Kristy Tillmanmatches them with donors willing to assume their obligation.
Here's how it works: Detroit account holders who owe $250 or less to DWSD can enter their information through a simple form-based site. Required info includes address, account number, past due and current charges, and account balance. The information is then verified through the Detroit Water and Sewage Department website.
Would-be donors simply submit an email address. Once a donor is matched with an account holder, the donor then receives all the account information required to pay the overdue bill. The donor can't see the Detroit account holder's name, though, unless the account holder asks to reveal it.
As Bell recounts, the project was sparked in a discussion over Twitter.
Bell and Tillman's site indicates that only individual residents are eligible to participateso a donor won't be asked to pay on one of the city's many delinquent corporate accounts. Some 4,400 homes remained without water in late June, according to reports. The department announced today that it was suspending shut-offs for the next 15 days to give delinquent account holders time to seek help.
Tillman says by email that they began looking for residents in need on Friday and that they had identified several by this morning. Word of mouth has spread faster among donors. "We've got over 100 donors from allover the place who are getting matched up with people in Detroit right now thanks to sharing their email addresses with us," she says.
Representatives at DWSD didn't respond right away about whether they will direct delinquent customers to seek help on Tillman and Bell's website.
Oh HELL No!
Wow. Detroit resident’s “gibs-me-dat” knows no bounds.
I wonder if I put up a website that asked people to pay my utility bills, how much money I would make. I bet I’d get at least a little.
Man, I was gonna start one for me!
Let me guess, the people who can’t pay their water bill still have at lest one 42” HDTV with cable/satellite service, right?
As much as I detest the idea of UN troops in the US, I do agree that Detroit deserves them as they are being called upon to help Detroit get water.
After all, the UN is good at assisting third world hell-holes with ignorant and indigent citizens.
Actually I think its a great idea and I’m going to make sure every liberal I encounter knows about it.
My water bill’s fine but I could use a little help with the bar tab.
Hell, I'll just set up a phishing site.
My wine cellar is almost empty!!!!!!
And we still only manage to see about 57 cents of every dollar I earn once the "gimme dat" crowd takes their cut.
Detroit is bounded by Lakes and Rivers. A song says .....down by the river..
The exercise my do some of these Obama people some good.
The Democrats can afford to pay $32,000 per person to eat a meal with Obama. If the water bills are around $250, then just one Democrat forgoing a meal with Obama could pay 128 water bills in Detroit.
Oh.....but those people in Detroit couldn’t hand out any graft to those Democrat donors.
I’m actually most curious about who is matching the payments. It would be hilarious if it turned out to be a scam to separate liberals from their money.
What a nice website. Mark Ruffalo can use it from hollywood to pay their bills.
Hey, pay my bills. I deserve it more than the welfare scum and criminal thugs in Detroit. I worked hard all my life. I supported my family. I pay taxes.
Pay my bills.
Someone should tell the gibmedats the FedGov is paying $500 a day for each illegal “child” being housed and fed by the US of A.
You know what, they don’t need all that water, we waste too much of it anyway. But hey, let these good Democommie voters know that we recently installed a spiffy new toilet that SURELY is helping to save the environment their Plantation Masters love to gripe about. Every time I flush, I’ll recite “and God bless everyone in Detroit.”
Here you go libs! Here’s your chance to step right up and pay a Detroiter’s water bill since you think everyone has a right to water!
Hehehe, yes you’re right. Let us know how your liberal friends like the idea of paying other people’s water bills.
I live in Michigan . . . watching for a mysterious new surcharge to appear on my bill with a fancy sounding name (which will no doubt be used to pay the bills for deadbeats).
>>>My water bills fine but I could use a little help with the bar tab.<<<
Well, it IS a waterin’ hole, is it not?
If I want to pay someone’s water bill, I’ll do it for a neighbor.
I am deeply concerned about these people, just as I was concerned for those poor people standing around the convention center after Katrina.
I for one intend to put my credit card into that website to help some of those unfortunate people of Detroit.
Then everybody can go to his house to s***.
I’m sure when they know about it they will gladly donate. That is, unless they’re hypocrites.
They're not hypocrites, they just believe government should be the only form of charity allowed.
A great opportunity for all the “compassion” finger-pointers to put their money where their mouths are. Glen Beck, now’s your chance.
I’m sure all Oprah can drop a few million in there.
Hey, Detroit, I got your water bill right here...
Just send the bills to NBC and See-BS, they should gladly pay.
To quote a famous American. “That will be the day.”
Six years after 2008 and the whole world is running out of our dimes. If productive Americans went on a General Strike Nationwide the parasites would come completely unglued in week.
They are right next to the Detroit River and the water table there is high. Why don’t they just dig a well and get all the free water they want?
Me too. And, btw my electric bill just arrived and it’s due August 1.
Will the account holders ever know it was me who didn’t make a donation?
Oh yeah. I’m gonna run right out and pay the givmedat’s water bills. (Like h*ll am)
Actually, this is how charity is supposed to work. Government taking money from one person to hand over to another is NOT charity. People choosing to help other people in need IS charity. However, I do think this impersonal type of charity often leads to fraud or abuse. It appears they send the donor the other person’s account information, so that probably makes it more likely the donation will actually go where intended.
What’s not known is why the person is in need in the first place. A donor has no idea whether they are paying the bill of an gang banger, drug addict, or simply a good person who is down on their luck.
Regardless, it’s very honorable to want to help other people, and this is completely voluntary. Anyone who doesn’t like it isn’t forced to participate.
Dayum why don’t my obummer phone have and app for all these stupid bills from the Gubment?! Geeze!
I just filled my pool last month and my next water bill is going to be a doozy. Won’t you please help?????
Hang on...let me get my billfold.
Unfortunately for the needy in this case I’ve seen many of them on the news recently. I didn’t care for their attitude, so, sorry, no charity.
Remember this is bigger than non-payment and trying to get folks to pay their bill.
The Water Dept is a huge Asset in Detwaa's Bankruptcy and what will become of it...
Go here for starters:
They’re trying to eliminate debt to make private investors happy and attract more.
The complaining and whining are actually good signs. As the water department is increasingly privatized they won’t allow themselves to accumulate so much debt.
“If I want to pay someones water bill, Ill do it for a neighbor.”
Remember the set-up where the Planned Parenthood rep was willing to take a donation that specifically was to be used for a black woman’s abortion?