Did you know that there are currently 300K residents in Detroit who could not afford to pay their water bills so the Detroit Water Department shut their water off weeks ago?
I get not being able to pay bills and that sometimes that means you have things shut off - - Cable, internet, lights, water, it’s all been shut off on me at one point or another.
But we live in the United States - - Further, we live in the only state surrounded by more fresh water than we know what to do with and in this state, we are allowing a company to deny people a basic need because they can’t afford it.
Our country is currently shipping water overseas. We’re helping people build clean wells and helping them gain access to clean drinking water because we say that we subscribe to the idea that clean water is a basic human need and right. Unless you’re in Detroit.
Detroit Water Department has, for many years, been charging incredibly high prices for water in some of the poorest areas in our state. Water should not be a business, it should not be a monopoly. We should not hold water over the heads of people who cannot afford to pay insanely high prices for it, as if to shame them further for having financial troubles.
I understand what it’s like to have trouble paying bills and anyone with city water knows that the water rates everywhere are steep - - Why isn’t there more outrage at the City of Detroit? Why aren’t more people pissed off at the Detroit Water Department? Is it because it’s poor people in Detroit? They don’t count? They’re less than you? Less than me?
We’re equal. We all deserve clean, safe, affordable water. If we can’t provide that in this country, we have some serious problems