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Details of new water bill collection plan expected

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DETROIT (AP) -- Details are expected on a plan to collect millions of dollars in overdue water bills from Detroit residents and businesses while avoiding mass service shutoffs that have been criticized by many, including the United Nations.

Mayor Mike Duggan will make the announcement at 12:30 p.m. Thursday at City Hall. His office and Detroit water officials spent days redesigning how collections will be handled.

Detroit had been cutting off water to commercial and residential customers 60 days behind or owing more than $150. Several groups appealed to the U.N. for support, and three U.N. experts responded the shutoffs could constitute a violation of the human right to water.

More than 15,000 customers had their service cut between March and June, although many have since had it restored. Shutoffs have been halted until Aug. 25.

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