Control of Detroit water department placed in mayor's hands after criticism of shutoffs

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan is now running the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department following criticism about service shutoffs to city residents.

State-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr says in order Tuesday that handing control of the system over to Duggan is "in the best interests of the city."

The water department has been criticized for stepped up shutoffs to delinquent city customers. Water was cut off to about 7,200 homes and businesses in June. The shutoffs are suspended until Aug. 6 to educate customers on payment plans.

Orr says his order focuses on customer service and sound management practices that reflect the city's commitment to help customers "get and remain current on their water bills."

Duggan says he expects to have a "new plan shortly" on how to approach delinquent payments.