For Immediate Release
Detroit Suspends Water Shutoffs
Statement by Wenonah Hauter, Food & Water Watch Executive Director
WASHINGTON - July 21 - “We are glad the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) has announced it will suspend water shutoffs for 15 days to allow residents to demonstrate their inability to pay. But this is only a small step toward rectifying the problem in Detroit.
“DWSD must take this time to fundamentally reconsider its use of draconian water shutoffs as a means of strong-arming residents who cannot afford to pay their water bills. It must also turn back on the water of those households that have had their water service shutoff.
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“DWSD’s action shows what we can do when we organize, and we must not back down just because shutoffs have been suspended. So long as thousands of homes have their water off, and thousands more still face the threat of shutoffs, there is the threat of a public health crisis.”
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