NEWS FROM UNDERGROUND

MARK CRISPIN MILLER

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In “New Detroit,” the people have no right to water

Detroit Water and Sewerage Department: Water not a human right

Protests continue against water shutoffs

By Zenobia Jeffries

DETROIT — Cleaning up the books at the expense of residents  in order to make the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department more attractive to potential buyers outside the city is how one Detroiter described the recent mass water shutoffs in the city.

“I was on a payment plan,” Joseph Link II told the Michigan Citizen. “My monthly payment was $190. (So when) they set this up, it automatically put me over the amount (where my water can be shut off).”

It’s been over two months since Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr announced DWSD is cutting service for 1500-3000 customers a week for those residents who are behind $150 or more on their water bills, or whose accounts are 60 days overdue.

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