The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department is mounting a campaign to shut off service to as many as 3,000 delinquent customers each week after reporting that more than half of the city's customers are 60 days-plus late on payments.

There are 323,900 water and sewerage accounts in Detroit, a number that includes businesses, schools and commercial buildings, according to Darryl Latimer, the department's deputy director. Nearly 165,000 are overdue, for a total of $175 million as of March 6.

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