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Highland Park’s mayor said Wednesday that residents don’t have to worry about their water being shut off because of unpaid bills.

Mayor DeAndre Windom said in an email to residents that a Wayne County Circuit Court judge has ordered the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department to maintain water service.

“As you may be aware, the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department made threats to turn off water in Highland Park on May 1, 2015 due to unpaid bills,” Windom said in the email. “The judge determined this action would cause irreparable harm to the city of Highland Park and ordered DWSD to refrain from turning off the water.”

In response to Wednesday’s email to residents, Detroit Water and Sewerage Department spokesman Greg Eno said: “It is DWSD’s policy to not comment publicly on cases that are pending litigation.”

Windom’s remarks come a day after he said the city plans to appeal a ruling by the same judge that Highland Park has to pay the water department $20 million for the unpaid water bills.

Last Friday, Judge John Murphy of Wayne County Circuit Court issued the ruling.

Highland Park covers about 3 square miles between the Lodge Freeway, Interstate 75, West McNichols Road and Webb Avenue. The city, which is landlocked by Detroit, has a population of 11,776, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Highland Park has struggled with its finances for years. Last year, a state-appointed financial review team declared a financial emergency in the city.

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