According to the water department, city residents owe about $118 million -- a figure that does not include what is owed by residents on payment plans or by those who have declared bankruptcy. Those who fail to pay their bills have the overdue charges rolled into their property taxes, putting an individual's home at risk for foreclosure if they are unable to pay.


Concerning for Maude Barlow, national chairperson of the Council of Canadians, is that the water department has pledged to turn the water off for all 120,000 residences with delinquent accounts -- about 3,000 each week -- in the city by the end of the summer. However, Barlow says the department has made no plans to shut off the water for any corporation or institution that has failed to pay its water bills.

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