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Flint residents could face water shutoff if they don't pay their bill

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

State and Flint officials are putting the pressure on customers to pay their water bills.

If customers don't pay up they could see their water service shut off. However, there's a battle underway in the courts to prevent that from happening.

"Let's have a hearing and let's determine who is at fault here. The residents, the tenants or the landlords," said Val Washington, attorney.

Washington pleaded his case in court on Monday asking a judge to consider banning water shutoffs in the city.

The city is urging customers to pay their water bills, some of which are landlords that aren't paying the city despite collecting rent.

"You may very well be shutting off the water for people that have paid their bill religiously every month with their rent," Washington said.

Washington said because the city of Flint is increasing its efforts to obtain water bill payment, it could lead to shutoffs. He wanted to put an injunction in place to prevent that from happening, but he was having a tough time getting it done in court.

"Mr. Washington doesn't come to this court with anything. No evidence, only speculation. There is not one tenant that has a contract to show the court," said Christopher Cox, Flint attorney.

Judge Haymen said he could see both sides in the case, but had to side with the law. He decided the issue is between the city and the customers.

"I think it is wrong to charge you for something you're not using," said Henry Williams, Flint resident.

Washington said he will continue to investigate and fight for the residents impacted by a hazardous public water system.

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