CBS Detroit, June 23, 2014
It’s a basic human right: water. But could the United Nations soon help the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department provide the service to struggling customers?
Water department spokeswoman Curtrise Garner says it’s a possibility–but for now, the water bills must be paid.
“We do have programs that do help those that are just totally in need; can’t afford it–but we also know that there are also people who can’t afford it would can not pay [sic] and we know this because, once we shut water off, the next day they are in paying the bill in full. So we do know that that has become a habit as well,” said Garner.
Garner said the reality is that nearly half of Detroit Water and Sewerage customers can’t pay their bills; and that has led activists to lobby the UN to step up and take action.
According to the Free Press, the average Detroit water bill is now $75 a month–much higher than the nation’s average rate of about $40.