U.N. Looking into Detroit Water Shut-Offs

By: News 10
By: News 10
City says people are too far behind on their bills to be allowed to continue having service.

Some West Texas areas are now drier than the 1930's Dust Bowl.

The United Nations is now weighing in on water in Detroit. The city turned off the water at nearly 5,000 households that were behind on their bills. The U.N. issued a statement saying, "Disconnection of water services because of failure to pay constitutes a violation of the human right to water... when there is a genuine inability to pay." Detroit says the people whose water was shut off are hundreds of dollars behind on their payments. The city water department needs the money too. It's responsible for $6 billion of Detroit's debt and is only funded by customer payments.


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