The Council of Canadians in Detroit in solidarity with the right to water struggle there, July 2014.
Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow says the water shutoffs that started in Detroit today are a "terrible violation of the human right to water!"
The Detroit News reports this hour, "The city’s water department on Wednesday began shutting off water to residential customers with delinquent accounts and about 18,000 households are currently at risk."
The Detroit Free Press adds, "[A study by the] Henry Ford Health System's Global Health Initiative and the We the People of Detroit Community Research Collective [found that] people living on blocks where there were water shut offs for past-due bills were more than 1.5 times more likely to be diagnosed with a water-associated illness than those on blocks with no shut offs. The study also shows that common water-associated illnesses are skin and soft-tissue infections and gastrointestinal infections."