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A New Site Allows You to Pay a Detroit Resident's Water Bill
City Lab ^ | July 21 2014 | Kriston Capps

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 site—which is the work of Tiffani Ashley Bell and Kristy Tillman—matches 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 participate—so a donor won't be asked to pay on one of the city's many delinquent corporate accountsSome 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.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: entitlementagenda; michigan; waterisahumanright
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I also need help with my Water Bill send donations to PayMyBills@PoloSecPayItNow...
1 posted on 07/21/2014 2:29:53 PM PDT by PoloSec
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Oh HELL No!


2 posted on 07/21/2014 2:30:41 PM PDT by uncitizen (Buckle up! We're on the Facism Fast Track!)
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To: PoloSec

Pass.


3 posted on 07/21/2014 2:32:16 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: uncitizen

Wow. Detroit resident’s “gibs-me-dat” knows no bounds.


4 posted on 07/21/2014 2:32:47 PM PDT by Veggie Todd (The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. TJ)
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To: PoloSec

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.


5 posted on 07/21/2014 2:33:39 PM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: PoloSec

Man, I was gonna start one for me!


6 posted on 07/21/2014 2:34:17 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: PoloSec

Let me guess, the people who can’t pay their water bill still have at lest one 42” HDTV with cable/satellite service, right?


7 posted on 07/21/2014 2:34:32 PM PDT by matt04
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To: PoloSec

8 posted on 07/21/2014 2:35:28 PM PDT by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: PoloSec

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.


9 posted on 07/21/2014 2:35:30 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: uncitizen

Actually I think its a great idea and I’m going to make sure every liberal I encounter knows about it.


10 posted on 07/21/2014 2:35:39 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: PoloSec

My water bill’s fine but I could use a little help with the bar tab.


11 posted on 07/21/2014 2:36:01 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: PoloSec
I also need help with my Water Bill send donations to PayMyBills@PoloSecPayItNow...

Hell, I'll just set up a phishing site.

12 posted on 07/21/2014 2:37:21 PM PDT by Focault's Pendulum (I live in NJ....' Nuff said!)
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To: Billthedrill

My wine cellar is almost empty!!!!!!


13 posted on 07/21/2014 2:38:40 PM PDT by Battle Axe (Repent: for the coming of the Lord is soon.)
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To: matt04
Yep. For some strange reason, we manage to pay our own water bill although we have only one 32" flat screen television, nothing but the basic package and no cell phone except a pay-as-you-go TracFone which we normally keep in a basic commuter vehicle in case of emergencies.

And we still only manage to see about 57 cents of every dollar I earn once the "gimme dat" crowd takes their cut.

14 posted on 07/21/2014 2:39:03 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Huskrrrr

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.


15 posted on 07/21/2014 2:39:16 PM PDT by TNoldman (AN AMERICAN FOR A MUSLIM/BHO FREE AMERICA.)
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To: PoloSec

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.


16 posted on 07/21/2014 2:39:25 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: PoloSec

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.


17 posted on 07/21/2014 2:40:41 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: PoloSec

What a nice website. Mark Ruffalo can use it from hollywood to pay their bills.


18 posted on 07/21/2014 2:41:01 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: PoloSec

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.


19 posted on 07/21/2014 2:41:55 PM PDT by detective
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To: PoloSec

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.


20 posted on 07/21/2014 2:42:59 PM PDT by Nachoman (libertyarmstx.com is now open!)
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To: PoloSec

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.”


21 posted on 07/21/2014 2:43:19 PM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is PUBLIC ENEMY #1)
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To: PoloSec

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!


22 posted on 07/21/2014 2:43:36 PM PDT by FrdmLvr ("WE ARE ALL OSAMA, 0BAMA!" al-Qaeda terrorists who breached the American compound in Benghazi)
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To: cripplecreek

Hehehe, yes you’re right. Let us know how your liberal friends like the idea of paying other people’s water bills.


23 posted on 07/21/2014 2:46:26 PM PDT by uncitizen (Buckle up! We're on the Facism Fast Track!)
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To: PoloSec

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).


24 posted on 07/21/2014 2:57:16 PM PDT by Pilgrim's Progress (http://www.baptistbiblebelievers.com/BYTOPICS/tabid/335/Default.aspx)
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To: Billthedrill

>>>My water bill’s fine but I could use a little help with the bar tab.<<<

Well, it IS a waterin’ hole, is it not?


25 posted on 07/21/2014 2:59:09 PM PDT by Pilgrim's Progress (http://www.baptistbiblebelievers.com/BYTOPICS/tabid/335/Default.aspx)
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To: PoloSec

If I want to pay someone’s water bill, I’ll do it for a neighbor.


26 posted on 07/21/2014 2:59:15 PM PDT by Tax-chick (No power in the 'verse can stop me.)
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To: PoloSec

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.


27 posted on 07/21/2014 3:00:41 PM PDT by MNDude
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To: PoloSec

Then everybody can go to his house to s***.


28 posted on 07/21/2014 3:01:53 PM PDT by tacticalogic
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To: PoloSec
If most of those people were willing to help themselves by finding jobs, maybe.
But as it goes, just paying their pill will only reinforce their greed for laziness.
29 posted on 07/21/2014 3:02:03 PM PDT by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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To: cripplecreek

I’m sure when they know about it they will gladly donate. That is, unless they’re hypocrites.


30 posted on 07/21/2014 3:02:55 PM PDT by stevio (God, guns, guts.)
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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.

31 posted on 07/21/2014 3:04:15 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: PoloSec

A great opportunity for all the “compassion” finger-pointers to put their money where their mouths are. Glen Beck, now’s your chance.


32 posted on 07/21/2014 3:05:07 PM PDT by Socon-Econ
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To: PoloSec

I’m sure all Oprah can drop a few million in there.


33 posted on 07/21/2014 3:06:16 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.-JFK)
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To: PoloSec

             

34 posted on 07/21/2014 3:11:27 PM PDT by tomkat
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To: PoloSec

Hey, Detroit, I got your water bill right here...


35 posted on 07/21/2014 3:14:48 PM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: PoloSec

Just send the bills to NBC and See-BS, they should gladly pay.


36 posted on 07/21/2014 3:16:17 PM PDT by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/?s)
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To: PoloSec

To quote a famous American. “That will be the day.”


37 posted on 07/21/2014 3:23:09 PM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: PoloSec

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.


38 posted on 07/21/2014 3:24:39 PM PDT by The Toll
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To: PoloSec

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?


39 posted on 07/21/2014 3:25:42 PM PDT by Gritty (Obama's governing as president of a Latin American republic, where only the president matters-MSteyn)
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To: PoloSec

Me too. And, btw my electric bill just arrived and it’s due August 1.


40 posted on 07/21/2014 3:27:17 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: PoloSec

Will the account holders ever know it was me who didn’t make a donation?


41 posted on 07/21/2014 3:27:29 PM PDT by umgud (I couldn't understand why the ball kept getting bigger......... then it hit me.)
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To: PoloSec

Oh yeah. I’m gonna run right out and pay the givmedat’s water bills. (Like h*ll am)


42 posted on 07/21/2014 3:35:43 PM PDT by patriot08 (NATIVE TEXAN (girl type))
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To: uncitizen

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.


43 posted on 07/21/2014 3:41:36 PM PDT by CitizenUSA (Proverbs 14:34 Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.)
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To: CitizenUSA

Dayum why don’t my obummer phone have and app for all these stupid bills from the Gubment?! Geeze!


44 posted on 07/21/2014 4:00:01 PM PDT by DocJhn
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To: PoloSec

I just filled my pool last month and my next water bill is going to be a doozy. Won’t you please help?????


45 posted on 07/21/2014 4:06:30 PM PDT by southern rock
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To: PoloSec

Hang on...let me get my billfold.


46 posted on 07/21/2014 4:09:34 PM PDT by moovova
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To: CitizenUSA

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.


47 posted on 07/21/2014 4:10:39 PM PDT by John W (Summer of Recovery VI: This Time We're Serious)
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To: PoloSec; cripplecreek; All
What we need here is CrippleCreek's input.

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:

http://michiganradio.org/post/no-grand-bargain-detroits-water-department-orr-considers-private-bids

48 posted on 07/21/2014 4:22:28 PM PDT by taildragger (Not my Circus, Not my Monkey ( Boy does that apply to DC...))
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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.


49 posted on 07/21/2014 4:52:57 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: Tax-chick

“If I want to pay someone’s water bill, I’ll 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?


50 posted on 07/21/2014 5:05:07 PM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic warfare against white males (and therefore white families).)
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