Are Detroit’s water shutoffs over?

A strange thing happened this morning when we set out to follow Homrich water shutoff contractor trucks to houses. After tailing one truck all the way across the city at high speed, the driver suddenly stopped and parked in front of a vacant lot in the Brightmoor neighborhood.

He looked at as us quizzically, perhaps a bit unnerved by the fact that we’d been following him since the shutoff plant at E. Grand Blvd in Midtown.

“What are you doing,” he asked.

“Just filming.”

He shrugged a little and went to reach for something in his flatbed.

“Are you shutting off someone’s water,” we asked.

“I’m not shutting off water today. It’s Veteran’s Day.”

He pulls a bag of seeds out of his truck and loads them into a small hand-pushed seed spreader. He explained that his company also demolishes homes, and then replants the grass on them.

We asked him if he had any shutoffs scheduled this week.

He told us he had no Work Orders this week. “The Mayor is behind” on the 7-day shutoff notice hangers they put on doors, he says.

“How about next week?”

“None yet.”

Are the water shutoffs over? We hope so.

Will the Mayor’s Office tell us what their plan is?

Call them and ask if they plan to keep shutting off water on Detroit families: their number is 313-224-3400

And thanks for waging love with the Detroit Water Brigade,

The Brigade Crew

 

Brigade Spokeswoman AtPeace Makita speaks with an unidentified Homrich water shutoff contractor

Brigade Spokeswoman AtPeace Makita speaks with an unidentified Homrich water shutoff contractor