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      Detroit water service shutoff moratorium ending

      <p>Detroit says the last of a series of "water fairs" has helped at least 1,300 residents avoid having their taps run dry as a shutoff moratorium ends.</p>


      Detroit says the last of a series of "water fairs" has helped at least 1,300 residents avoid having their taps run dry as a shutoff moratorium ends.


      Monday was the last day of the water shutoff moratorium, and the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department is expected to send crews out Tuesday to turn off service to customers who owe money and haven't made a payment arrangement.


      The city says 1,140 customers signed payment agreements at a fair Saturday at Cobo Center, while others paid in full.


      Detroit says 25,000 customers were enrolled in water payment plans Monday, up from 17,000 a month earlier.


      The city stepped up shutoffs in March of those 60 days behind or owing more than $150. About 15,000 customers had service shut off in April-June.

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