United Way, GM, Ford Motor give $200,000 to help Detroiters keep their water flowing

Two auto companies and the United Way announced $200,000 in donations Monday to help Detroit residents pay overdue water bills after criticism about the city's aggressive shut-off policy.

Water shut-offs related to unpaid bills have been suspended since July 21 but will resume after Aug. 25.

The new Detroit Water Fund will pay up to 25 percent of an overdue bill. To qualify, a customer must owe $300 or more, pay at least 10 percent up front and meet other conditions, based on income.

United Way for Southeastern Michigan is contributing $100,000 to the fund, while the Ford Motor Fund and the General Motors Foundation are giving $50,000 each. More donors will be identified in the coming days.

The Associated Press