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6/24/2014 (2 years ago)

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Officials have no sympathy as many come up with money after water is cut off

Detroit, once a busting American city, has fallen on extremely hard times. Many residents there, who live in projects long fallen into disrepair, can't afford one of the most essential things for life: water. It's a basic human right: water. According to water officials in Detroit, it's simply a case of put up or shut up - with sympathy turned off at the tap as well.

Nearly half of Detroit Water and Sewerage customers can't pay their bills which has led activists to take their case all the way to the United Nations.

Nearly half of Detroit Water and Sewerage customers can't pay their bills which has led activists to take their case all the way to the United Nations.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

6/24/2014 (2 years ago)

Published in U.S.

Keywords: Detroit, water bills, money, socialism


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Water department spokeswoman Curtrise Garner says that these water bills need to 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 cannot pay 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," Garner says.

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"At the DWAS Department - it's not our goal to shut off water. We want people's water on, just like they do; but you do have to pay for your water. That's the bottom line."

Nearly half of Detroit Water and Sewerage customers can't pay their bills which has led activists to take their case all the way to the United Nations.

"If they do contact us we are willing to speak with them," she said, adding "We owe it to the customers that are paying to collect from those that aren't. Somebody has to pay for the water."

Acknowledging that water is "a God-given right," Garner says there is a cost to move water from the water resource to the customer and that the infrastructure costs money.

The average Detroit water bill is now $75 a month - much higher than the nation's average rate of about $40. Is there a solution?

Detroiters took to Facebook to make their grievances known. "This is just insane. If someone is that destitute that they truly cannot afford their water bill, there are already welfare programs in place for that. I'm guessing those same people not paying their water also have a TV, cable, I-phone, etc. People need to get their priorities straight, not expect another government handout."

"Call President Obama he has plenty of taxpayers' cash to spend. Wasn't that a campaign promise he made along with free rent and gas and payin' my car note . Socialism only works if there is someone to pay for it," another outraged citizen said.

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