Some residents living in Detroit apartments without water for week

Detroit resident Sonna Stevenson says she hasn't had running water since Monday and life has not been easy.

And she's not alone, other residents living in the Renaissance Village apartment complex say they don't have water either.

"You go to store, buy (water)," Stevenson said. "You use one, especially for the bathroom, then you have to boil water for the dishes."

"Of course our dishes are not clean, no water," said Mykel Washington. "The worst part is our house has a smell to it. Of course, the bathrooms without any water. We've been buying jugs of water and pouring it down the toilet and stuff."

FOX 2 contacted the water department to learn why some residents at this complex have water and others don't

A spokesperson says some residents were informed more than a year ago that the Detroit  Department of Water and Sewerage needed to install a new meter that would allow them to accurately read their water usage.

But none of the residents made an appointment, so water service was cut off for non-compliance.

Managers at Renaissance Village say they are working with the water department to restore the water but they were never informed of any shutoffs.

Stevenson says she was also never notified by the water department of meter upgrades.

"No, no, seriously."

Washington says the only letter he received about meter upgrades arrived this week from Renaissance Village and it informed residents new water meters must be installed and the water department has elevated this to emergency status.

"We got this letter two days ago," Washington said.

Washington says he's withholding his rent payment until his water is back on

"They aren't getting any rent from me," he said. "Not until this get taken care of."

A DWSD spokesperson tells FOX 2 all of the affected residents made appointments Friday and their water should be restored soon.
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