Protesters are up in arms over Detroit’s decision to shut off water to customers who are behind on their bills.
After the situation received world wide interest, the Detroit Water Department suspends shut offs for 15 days.
The decision was made to give people a chance to come up with either their bills total or make a payment plan with the department.
It will also hopefully take off some of the pressure from people who disagree with shutting off the water in the first place.
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Roughly 46,000 shut off notices were sent out in May to residents in Detroit who were behind on their water bills, and shortly after the shut offs began.
The water department is responsible for about 6 billion of the cities 18 billion debt load, and they were attempting to collect some of this money.
Seems to idea backfired to the point of protesters taking to the streets, blocking workers from leaving the water department property, and even letters seeking help from the UN.
The UN response was to the point.
They stated that the right to water can not be taken away from someone, and could constitute inhumane treatment by doing so.
“Disconnections due to non-payment are only permissible if it can be shown that the resident is able to pay but is not paying,” human right to water and sanitation expert Catarina de Albuquerque said in a statement,
The groups involved in contacting the UN are also concerned about any kind of privatization of the water department in Detroit.
While it is true that Detroit is going to partake in every effort to make arrangements with shut off customers, even with partial payments and payment plans, there will still be people who simply have no money or means to come up with any to make these arrangements.
What will these people do?
You simply can not live without water and people are getting desperate.
Thomas Reaves, a 55 year old disabled man with a disabled wheelchair bound roommate, wobbles over to a neighbors every day for a bucket of water he will stretch out to last the two of the for the day.
This kind of living is just not humane, and something must be done to insure everyone will have access to clean water for cooking, bathing and drinking.
Activists are taking to the streets in protest, and some are even risking and ending up in jail.
Something must be done to restore water to everyone who is living in the effected areas of Detroit, and soon before loss of live becomes a reality.
Those who can afford to pay something and make arrangements on the rest of their outstanding bills need to get this done, and those who can not pay need to contact their city representatives and get a moratorium happening to change some of the policies and soon.