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DETROIT IN BANKRUPTCY COURT ON SHUTTING OFF WATER FOR UNPAID BILLS

September 22, 2014

A hearing is scheduled in bankruptcy court today on a motion to stop Detroit’s water department from shutting off service to residents with unpaid bills.  As mentioned previously in this blog, the unelected Detroit emergency manager has been periodically shutting off water to residents who have not paid their water bills.  This is of course is most affecting low-income people who are already struggling.

FriendsofWater.com suggests that these actions are a seriously misguided ‘solution’ to a dramatic problem.  Depriving people of water is shameful.  It also is very likely to increase cost for the people and the city as those without water are forced to try to find other ways to get water.  For example, if residents have to buy and carry water home, it will cost them much more.

The UN has declared that water is a human right.  Hopefully the bankruptcy court will support that view.

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