We match people in Detroit to 8,000+ donors
for direct water bill help.

Spread the word with Twitter hashtag #DetroitWater.

Over 300,000 Detroit residents face water shutoffs due to past due water bills exacerbated by Detroit's ongoing economic woes.

Do you know someone who needs help? Send them here for one-time assistance of up to $1500.



As our donor list has grown to over 8,000 people (and we take time to verify each resident's need), it may take 3-5 days to receive your match. We appreciate your patience and generosity!


How this works (for donors)

We match you to a Detroit resident you can help directly by submitting a payment for all or a portion of a water bill to the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department on their behalf.

You will receive the following information to help a Detroit resident when you've been matched:

    Your email address is kept confidential.


    You don't have to pay an entire bill. Average pledge amount is $74.89.


    Completely optional.



Do you need help with your Detroit water bill?

Let us know that you need help here for one-time assistance of up to $1500. No paperwork needed.

How is privacy protected?

We only share information donors need to get matched to people to help with bills. Here's what we share only with the donor:

We do not share names, but the Detroit Water & Sewerage Department may reveal them.


The Team

Harry Truman once said, "It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit." It's true. Besides Tiffani and Kristy, here are other people who deserve credit for volunteering their time and talent(s) with everything from donor-resident account matching to code to handling press inquiries:

And of course, every single donor.


Get in touch. We're listening.

Interested in doing a story on this project? Get in touch here.


Have questions, comments, concerns, or want to find out how this project is doing? Get in touch. We'd love to hear from you.

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Want to contribute to how this page is put together? This is on Github, here.
Disclaimer: The Detroit Water Project is merely facilitating matching Detroit residents with willing donors. We hold no liability to either party in the event of error or misuse.