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Detroit water fair held at Cobo

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DETROIT, Mich. (WJBK) - There were long lines inside Cobo Saturday as hundreds of people waited for the chance to arrange payments for their water bills. The water fair was held to prevent more controversial shutoffs which the city says will resume in a matter of days.

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Participants at the water fair had the chance to visit one of 38 stations to set up a payment plan for past-due water bills. It's the first step in stopping the water shut-off process. Those who came out could also apply for assistance through the Detroit Water Fund which recently received $200,000 in donations to help Detroiters who can't afford to pay their delinquent bills.

"We are so excited to see this many people coming out to get on top of their water bills," said Alexis Wiley, Chief of Staff for Mayor Mike Duggan. "It proves people want to pay their bills, they just need a path to do it."

Three service centers will also be open Monday with extended hours. Water shutoffs are expected to resume on Tuesday.

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