Protesters at a rally against Detroit’s water shutoffs
CREDIT: Bryce Covert/ThinkProgress
On Tuesday, control of Detroit’s municipal water department was handed back to the city’s mayor, Mike Duggan, from the emergency manager handling the city’s bankruptcy. The move is likely to bring some relief for the thousands of struggling residents who have been going without water.
In March, the water department had announced it would start shutting of service to 1,500 to 3,000 customers every week who were 60 days behind on their bills or more. That month 500 people’s accounts were shut off, and another 3,000 in April, 4,500 in May, and 7,200 in June lost service.
Activists had appealed to the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights asking for intervention o...