Detroit water department warns against illegal hookups amid shut - New York News

Detroit water department warns against illegal hookups amid shutoffs

Posted: Updated:
DETROIT (WJBK) - Detroit water customers who are struggling to pay the water bill are finding some help - but it's illegal. Social media sites are now surfacing instructing people how to steal water.  

Deputy Director of Detroit Water and Sewerage Darryl Latimer says the city has become aware of the sites instructing customers how to illegally turn on city-supplied water, and is explaining what will happen if and when the offender is caught.

"With the illegal turn on, there is an additional cost of $250 on the first offense, $500 on the second offense and also with that second offense we disconnect your service and there's a $660 reconnect fee associated with that," Latimer says.

When the city does have to shut off water service, they're finding people that will follow the shut off crew, walk up to the customers and offer to turn the water back on for $50.

"Anyone that we catch reactivating our water service illegally, we will prosecute - but it should never come to that. If you're going to give a person to cut your water on illegally, you can come to the department, give us that $50, we can set up a payment arrangement for you and continue your service," Latimer says.

The city does perform shutoffs but they encourage anyone having trouble making ends meet to contact the water department.

The illegal water warning extends to turning on hydrants during hot days. You can damage the hydrant and can lower water pressure on your block.

The city says it has ways to monitor all water use, including illegal use which they already have caught people doing.

  • Download the FOX 2 Apps


  • FOX 2 News Five-Day Forecast
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Wedding reception at country club ends with brawl

    Wedding reception at country club ends with brawl

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 8:37 AM EDT2014-09-16 12:37:23 GMT
    New York State NewsNew York State News
    Police say they're investigating a large brawl that broke out at the end of a wedding reception held over the weekend at a suburban Buffalo country club. Officials tell local media that seven different police agencies were called in late Saturday to break up the fight at the Orchard Park Country Club. Officers say dozens of the approximately 200 guests were involved in the melee, which broke out after a member of the wedding party was tossed off the premises for inappropriate behavior.
    Police say they're investigating a large brawl that broke out at the end of a wedding reception held over the weekend at a suburban Buffalo country club. Officials tell local media that seven different police agencies were called in late Saturday to break up the fight at the Orchard Park Country Club. Officers say dozens of the approximately 200 guests were involved in the melee, which broke out after a member of the wedding party was tossed off the premises for inappropriate behavior.
  • Trump Plaza closes; mogul Donald Trump may step in

    Trump Plaza closes; mogul Donald Trump may step in

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 8:23 AM EDT2014-09-16 12:23:53 GMT
    A fourth Atlantic City casino has gone out of business.  Trump Plaza shut its doors at 6 a.m. Tuesday.  The casino at the center of the Boardwalk and the end of the Atlantic City Expressway has been declining for years, performing worse than any of the city's other casinos.
    A fourth Atlantic City casino has gone out of business.  Trump Plaza shut its doors at 6 a.m. Tuesday.  The casino at the center of the Boardwalk and the end of the Atlantic City Expressway has been declining for years, performing worse than any of the city's other casinos. Real estate mogul Donald Trump took to Twitter on Tuesday to say he left Atlantic City years ago but may return.
  • Street gangs tone down use of colors, tattoos

    Street gangs tone down use of colors, tattoos

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 8:19 AM EDT2014-09-16 12:19:09 GMT
    Law enforcement officials from coast to coast say street gangs are shying away from wearing their colors and are covering up or even altering their tattoos to avoid detection by police.  Hartford, Connecticut, Police Sgt. Johnmichael O'Hare says gone are the days when the Bloods wore red from head to toe. All you'll see now, he says, is maybe a red handkerchief sticking out of a back pocket.


    Law enforcement officials from coast to coast say street gangs are shying away from wearing their colors and are covering up or even altering their tattoos to avoid detection by police.  Hartford, Connecticut, Police Sgt. Johnmichael O'Hare says gone are the days when the Bloods wore red from head to toe. All you'll see now, he says, is maybe a red handkerchief sticking out of a back pocket.


Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices