DETROIT (AP) — The Great Lakes Water Authority is transferring more than $1.6 million to Detroit and Flint for conservation education and to help customers pay past-due water bills.
Board members transferred the Water Residential Assistance Program funding from uncommitted 2019 bill assistance funds from Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.
The authority says close to $1.2 million will go Detroit, while Flint will get more than $470,000.
More than 19,000 households are enrolled in the assistance program. Detroit and Flint residents make up 71 percent of all enrollments.
Eligible customers receive a $25 monthly credit toward current water bills with any arrears suspended for 12 to 24 months. Participants also are eligible to receive a bill credit of up to $700 toward any past-due amounts per year.
The authority provides water and wastewater services to approximately 4 million people across 112 communities in eight southeastern Michigan counties.
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