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Mass Water Shutoffs Continue In Detroit


Mass Water Shutoffs Continue In Detroit



The water shutoffs will drive thousands of Blacks from the city


AFRICANGLOBE – Two years after the city of Detroit instituted a policy of mass service disconnections of past due water accounts, the city is shutting off some 150 customers a day with no letup in sight. The shutoffs continued through the recent summer heat wave, with temperatures reaching the 90s for days in a row.

At this point about 1 in 13 of Detroit’s 175,000 residential accounts have had their water shut off. Detroit water bills average about $75 a month, under conditions where more than 40 percent of city residents live in poverty. According to guidelines set by the US Environmental Protection Agency, water bills should comprise no more than 2.5 percent of family income. In Detroit that figure is more like 10 percent.

Currently some 44,000 Detroit households are on payment plans, out of a total of 175,000 in the city, according to Detroit Water and Sewerage Department Director Gary Brown. Those who default on their plans face the possibility of service disconnection.

According to a report Wednesday in the Detroit News, while family homes comprise little more than one half of the reported $119 million in past due water bills, they account for nearly all of the water shutoffs. There are currently about 11,000 residential customers 60 days or more in arrears and at risk of shutoff. The average outstanding bill is $1,235.

Since 2014 the administration of Detroit’s Democratic mayor Mike Duggan has shut off almost 65,000 residences. That means that one-third of all homes in the city have faced losing water, a vital service essential to life in a modern civilized society. The city says it does not keep a record of the number of occupied homes that lack water service, but the number must be substantial.

City officials tout the existence of water payment assistance programs, but the funds available are absurdly inadequate. A Water Residential Assistance Program that started last March has funding of only $4.5 million. According to a recent report 2,081 households enrolled, with a backlog of 2,500-3,000 households. The program provides up to $1,000 toward a monthly bill credit of $25 in addition to help with arrears. The program requires customers to sign up for a monthly payment plan, but reportedly only 28 percent of all households could make all payments. Nearly one-half missed one payment and 12 percent missed two.

The program is available to residents in the area covered by the Great Lakes Water Authority set up to run the DWSD in the wake of the Detroit bankruptcy. It comprises Detroit and dozens of surrounding suburban communities.

Another program, the 10/30/50 plan, requires customers to pay ten percent of their past due amount, with the balance due in installments over a period of 12 to 24 months. If a customer defaults, they must pay 30 percent of the past due amount. If a customer defaults a second time they must pay 50 percent.


The pittance allocated for assistance with water bills pales in comparison to the $170 million handed out by the federal government for so called blight removal in Detroit. This involves the mass demolition of vacant homes, some habitable, to open up areas of the city for redevelopment by wealthy investors.

The water shutoffs come in the wake of a wave of foreclosures impacting some 110,000 residences. The net effect of water shutoffs, foreclosures and mass demolitions has been to depopulate areas of the city, driving out poorer residents.

The main motivation behind the unrelenting water shutoffs is a plan to privatize the Detroit water system. The city is attempting to increase the attractiveness of the Detroit water system by increasing cash collections and eliminating past due accounts.

The folding of the municipally owned DWSD into the Great Lakes Water Authority in 2014 was the first step in the direction of outright privatization of the system. The move corporatized the DWSD, putting unelected officials in charge of its operations and running it on a business basis. The establishment of the new authority freed the DWSD from control by the City Council, which under provisions of the City Charter had to seek voter approval before privatization.

In October 2014 United Nations experts called on the city to end its policy of mass water shutoffs, calling it a violation of human rights. One expert declared, “It is contrary to human rights to disconnect water from people who simply do not have the means to pay their bills.”

The water crisis in Detroit parallels the crisis in Flint, Michigan caused by the lead contamination of the water system serving the city’s 100,000 residents. The decision to implement mass water shutoffs in Detroit followed soon on the heels of the decision to shift Flint’s water supply from the DWSD to the polluted Flint River. The Flint River water leached lead from the city’s antiquated piping, leading to the poisoning of city residents.

In the cases of both Flint and Detroit public officials reacted with indifference to the outcry of residents. In a visit to Flint in May, President Barack Obama tried to trivialize the disaster, downplaying the danger to children from ingesting lead, insisting, “these kids will be fine.” He made these remarks even though it is well known that exposure to even small amounts of lead is known to cause serious health problems in children, including learning and behavioral disabilities.

The lack of access to safe water in Flint and Detroit, which once boasted among the highest standards of living in the United States, is especially criminal considering that the region is in the middle of the Great Lakes, which hold 21 percent of the world’s supply of fresh water.


By: Shannon Jones










"I'm just trying to make a way out of no way, for my people" -Modejeska Monteith Simpkins









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re-post from early 2015...

1,000 foot water slide to take over Detroit streets this summer

Posted By on Wed, Apr 8, 2015 at 12:48 pm

  • Slide the City sets up in Salt Lake City last year, photo via Facebook

Slide the City
, a traveling water entertainment company from Utah, is bringing its enormous, two-lane water slide to southeast Michigan this summer, with plans to hit several major cities, including Detroit and Ann Arbor.

For a fee, riders can whiz through 1,000 feet of city streets on inner tubes or other flotation devices, which seems like a positively delightful way to take in our fine city.

Prices are on the steep side, clocking in at $15 for a single ride, $30 for three rides, and $50 for an unlimited pass. Depending on the package, inner tubes may also need to be rented. Don't feel too bad, though. Slide the City has been known to donate some of its proceeds to local charities.

Dates aren't set yet, but will be soon. In the meantime, sign up for the waiting list here and toss your suggestions for the slide setup location in the comment section below.

America would just like for all Blacks in America to be either incarcerated or dead.

There is something so mentally deranged with the Black men in this country, if they keep doing what they're doing, maybe America will get it's wish. They're beyond out of control. Black men created these monsters and are such monsters themselves, have no control over the monsters they've created. That's called a fucked up situation. You expect the WHITE MAN to come in and solve your problems. The PRIME killers and haters  of you when you aren't killing and hating each other. There are no words for this racial shit storm.

Seeing as to how you can't handle your children, maybe the butt and hand is the way for you to go for sexual relief. You don't like Black women, you can't handle the productions you create, take the pecker in hand or prance your way to sexual glory. The prison pecker is always flopping in anticipation or your anus and mouths upon your arrival. Enjoy your dumb selves. You're going to end up dead eventually, anyway. Cancer, syphilis, some STD or another, Wowee!! Animalistic  cage living for the humanistic animals. That's dumb fuckery, personified, the WHITE MAN putting TRILLIONS in his pockets over your tomfoolery and bullshit. 3 lifetime sentences to be served simultaneously. What kind of shit is that? You'll be lucky to reach 50 years of age. You'll be smarter than a whip though, all the time for reading books you'll have in the cage. No one will give two shits though. No one. No one will care about you unless you have some family members who will care regardless of your situation.

Life has so much more to offer, poor or not. Breathing free is glorious. Create a job for yourselves, clean up the Projects, buy a broom, sweep something, take a walk in a park, admire squirrels, who are damn adorable if you watch them long enough. Clean some cars. Read a fucking book. If you don't know a word, look it up. I had to look up syphilis. Couldn't spell it worth a damn. Buy a dictionary.

Stay out of liquor stores, stay off drugs, stop smoking cigarettes, earn money legally instead of illegally. Wear your pants correctly. You're not going to be hired anywhere with the waist of your pants swinging off the head of your dick. Hopefully, you don't have shit stains on the back of your drawers for the whole world to see. There's not much that looks dumber than that anywhere; but then again, it might be those blurple tattoos you've adorned yourselves with.

You're probably all suffering INK POISONING  OF THE LITTLE BRAIN that you have remaining.  White man won't tell you about that shit until they begin to have the affliction. They probably have it already. They're the ones that were tattooed into blackness, first.  They think they're cool with both arms black as night with ink, wearing no sleeves to show that shit off; thinking THEY'RE cool. They're not much better than you in the Murdering/Hating Department; although, it's all aimed at you.

Comb your hair, take a bath, find some water in which to do so. Take a bar of soap to a river if they've shut your water off; it works on the "Home" turf of Africa. In India, they take baths where bodies have been floating; can't be much worse than that. This IS America after all! It's not that nasty yet.

Stop hanging out with wayward friends; they're not your friends anyway. They're your accomplices in crime; mean you NO GOOD whatsoever. Whatever happened to COMMON SENSE?? That seems to have disappeared completely everywhere.

When you're gone, maybe a woman can push her baby in the carriage without ending up with a bullet in her brain. You've all beyond toxic living in the cities of the Greatest Country of the White Man's fucking Mind. It's damn sure not working for YOU and never has. How much worse are you going to become??? Everywhere YOU go, there YOU are and right now YOU'RE NO FUCKING JOKE. You should feel SHAME, if only you were capable; if ONLY YOU were CAPABLE.

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