Detroit begins cutting off water to 150,000 residents, prompting appeal to United Nations for help

Financial Post | Business

Desperate calls for help from the United Nations aren’t just for war-torn and developing nations anymore. The city of Detroit — a city that has been on the brink in many ways — in an effort to balance its books, has begun shutting off water access to city residents behind on their payments. While that may seem like what happens to anyone when they don’t pay their bills, Detroit is a unique case — nearly half of the 323,900 residents who use the utility are delinquent, according to the Detroit Free Press. To make matters worse, Al Jazeera America reports, Detroit’s average monthly water bill is nearly double the national average of $40. The Detroit City Council approved a 9% hike last week.

In response, a coalition of activist groups in the city have appealed to the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights for relief. Here’s what they’re…

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