Seamus, thanks for the update.
If the DWSD has 20,000 accounts in arrears, that represents 10% of the total customer base which is estimated at 200,000 clients. That’s 20,000 households/businesses that are more than three months in arrears. If the average monthly bill is (as stated) $75 per month, the total bill for water service that is overdue is at least $4.5 million dollars due RIGHT NOW – and that’s based on the average bill – the amount outstanding could be MUCH higher.
It is worth noting that Flint, Michigan – which is now in trouble because of lead in the water – used to receive their water from Detroit but, because the Flint city council considered the price for that water to be too high, they switched to local sources – hence the Flint Water Crisis. When Flint pulled out from their contract with DWSD, a corresponding crisis occurred in Detroit because it no longer had the Flint income to subsidize their own water usage. This can only continue to get worse.
Laying the blame where it belongs (the Democratic Party of Detroit and Flint who ruled both cities for at least the past 50 years) does not remedy the problems they created.
Detroit is bleeding in debt. Detroit’s children are left ignorant and unemployable. The schools themselves are cesspools of corruption and neglect. Industry has left the city and cannot possibly return soon enough – it will take years, perhaps decades, before there is a restoration of economic order; and perhaps it will never happen. And who will pay for this disaster?
I have watched the U.S. Dept. of Energy under President Obama’s watch (another Democrat), offer Solyndra, a solar panel manufacturer in California, over a half-BILLION dollars in a guaranteed loan back in 2009. Solyndra declared bankruptcy in September 2011. The money was squandered. Would that money have been better spent on the schools of Detroit? I’m talking about children’s lives here, not pie-in-the sky green industries. I’m just asking.