The official rationale for the water shut-downs – the Detroit Water Department's need to recoup millions – collapses on inspection. Detroit's high-end golf club, the Red Wing's hockey arena, the Ford football stadium, and more than half of the city's commercial and industrial users are also owing – a sum totalling $30 million. But no contractors have showed up on their doorstep.
One of the ways we know this is not about unpaid bills is the glaring contradiction between the treatment of homeowners and corporate clients. DPS, under its emergency manger, owes $2.2 million in outstanding bills. Palmer Park Golf Club owes $200,000, Joe Louis Arena/Red Wings Hockey owes $80,000 and Ford Field $55,000. The struggling city of Highland Park, also under emergency management, owes $17.4 million.
Last month, Flint severed its connection to DWSD. Under its Emergency Manager it is constructing a new pipeline, to be placed right next to the DWSD pipeline, to get water from Lake Huron, 65 miles away. The Karegnondi Water Authority was established with the blessings of the State Legislature in 2010 to carry out this unnecessary, quarter-billion-dollar project. It is a loss of $22 million for Detroit, annually.
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