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Detroit's Fight For Public Water Is Also The Nation's

Business  (tags: water, shut off, Detroit, water pricing, poor residence, residential, commercial, privitization )

- 1567 days ago -
A big reason many of Detroit's poorer residents are struggling with their water bills is inequitable water-pricing. Allows rate differences between categories such as residential or commercial users, but not between different incomes.


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JL A (281)
Monday July 7, 2014, 4:19 pm
Water should always be the public's utility run for the public interest.

. (0)
Monday July 7, 2014, 4:50 pm
Water for your citizens is a basic right, especially in a first world economic country. This is what happens with capitalism when there are no checks and balances. Noted. Thks, Dandelion.

Dalia H (1280)
Monday July 7, 2014, 4:56 pm
Noted with many thanks for sharing with Us my Beloved Friend, Dandelion.
Stay Blessed you and yours!!!
Much LOVE and Light

Freya H (358)
Monday July 7, 2014, 5:05 pm
Detroit's troubles, from what I have heard, are not due to the flopping of the auto industry, but due to corporate robber barons bleeding it white. What we are seeing is what is going to happen in the rest of this country - unless we get off our asses and GET ACTIVE!!!

Charlene Rush (79)
Monday July 7, 2014, 8:12 pm
The whole water problem is most disgusting, especially when you consider it is a product of nature and was initially, free.

Krista Slavin (194)
Monday July 7, 2014, 8:47 pm
Detroit is very close to me location wise and is going through some very, very tough times. You couldn't pay me to go there after dark. It is outrageous to cut off people's water though. Normally, if not paid, it gets tacked onto the tax bill. This is going to have unsanitary consequences for sure.

Edith B (146)
Monday July 7, 2014, 9:17 pm
I feel very sorry for the people of Detroit. Snyder has been one of the sorriest governors in Michigan's history and has caused grief and hardship all over the state. While I realize that it costs money to provide water to citizens, no one should be deprived of this life saving entity. There should NEVER be a privatization of a water company.

Monday July 7, 2014, 9:18 pm
Noted. So many of us just take water for granted. Thanks for sharing Dandelion

SusanAWAY A (219)
Monday July 7, 2014, 9:36 pm
Noted and shared. I saw a piece on MSNBC about this tonight. It was so sad to see these poor people without water. It seems after privatization, instead of profits being used to fix infrastructure as a public utility would have had to do, profits were pocketed or certainly not used where they were needed. There was one area that has been flooding for 10 years because of broken pipes or some such. It also seems that at least two sports stadiums are also not paying their water bills, but their water has not been shut off. I'm disgusted that this is allowed to happen in America.

Unfortunately capitalist pigs, such as the CEO of Nestle, do not feel that people have a "right" to clean drinking water. They are trying to buy up all the water everywhere they can, bottle it and then sell it back to people. There are several lawsuits against Nestle right now over this. Nestle goes in, wants to buy the towns water and town refuses and Nestle takes them to court. I wonder who will eventually win? The side with all the money or the side without much money. Or maybe, it ends up with the Supreme Court somehow, any guesses how they will rule? It's a sad time to be in America.

Sherri G (128)
Tuesday July 8, 2014, 12:45 am
TY Dandelion Noted. I agree with JL 110%. I bet the bastards are using 1million gallons for ea "Fracking" well.

Devon Leonard (54)
Tuesday July 8, 2014, 12:58 am
Very scary what's happening in Detroit!!!

Dogan Ozkan (2)
Tuesday July 8, 2014, 1:31 am

Arild Gone for now (174)
Tuesday July 8, 2014, 1:39 am
Everybody needs water to survive,if some can't pay their waterbills there need to set up a social security entity to pay the bills for them.

aa b (10)
Tuesday July 8, 2014, 1:52 am
water is life

john byrne (50)
Tuesday July 8, 2014, 2:52 am

Dear Friend Dandelion. From what Im hearing today AM Irish time the U.N. has ruled Water is a basic necessity & Detroit has lost this one & the Water is turned back on. Its so sad to see a City that gave us Motown reduced to this & its Citizens like many more World wide discarded like last seasons fashion. We shall overcome when we walk hand in hand.

JL A (281)
Tuesday July 8, 2014, 3:55 am
A related petition (I suspect some in power in Detroit might not acknowledge UN authority):

Past Member (0)
Tuesday July 8, 2014, 4:05 am
It's also international's...

Past Member (0)
Tuesday July 8, 2014, 4:07 am
The petition signed of course... Thank you JL :)

Birgit W (160)
Tuesday July 8, 2014, 5:27 am
I find it shocking that our governments are selling our water rights to corporations. We all need water to survive, and what is happening in Detroit is in my view criminal.
Thanks for sharing Dandelion.

Winn A (179)
Tuesday July 8, 2014, 5:56 am
Water is necessary for us all and to mess around with that necessity is just wrong. There must be a better way. Thanks Sheryl.

Pat B (356)
Tuesday July 8, 2014, 7:49 am
Water is life's necessity. Detroit needs to work with the people, and take care of their basic human needs. Thank you, Dandelion for this. Also, Thank you, JL for the petition: I signed. Thank you for standing with the people of Detroit. I appreciate you raising your voice at this crucial moment.

Sheryl G (360)
Tuesday July 8, 2014, 8:21 am
Thanks JL A...petition signed. You come from a smart Country Arild with people of Hearts that understand there is sharing and caring at the center of humanity. This is lacking with the mindset of far too many in the USA. Those in standing to make large profits did a good job with the propaganda of several generations of people. As John said we must walk hand in hand if we are ever going to move many things in a better way. Resources like water were given to us all, it's criminal that a few want to make such profit on something like water. There is a difference of a fee to keep pipes repaired and pay for some salaries to maintain system, but beyond those actual costs there should not be "extra" added on, and no one should be expected to pay if they truly do not have the funds to do so.

Sheryl G (360)
Tuesday July 8, 2014, 8:25 am
Link to petition that JL A provided:
Oppose Detroit Water Shutoffs

Arild Gone for now (174)
Tuesday July 8, 2014, 9:44 am
Petition signed,thanks JL A.

P A (117)
Tuesday July 8, 2014, 9:58 am
Strewth! I do agree with this so much "Last Wednesday, U.N. officials responded, calling the water department’s actions a “violation of the human right to water and other international human rights.” " Thanks Dandelion!

Ben O (140)
Tuesday July 8, 2014, 9:58 am
Access to clean drinking water is a human right - BASTA! Petition signed.
And, the useless info: 50 (!) years ago I spent some time in Detroit...

divergent revolution (309)
Tuesday July 8, 2014, 11:15 am
This will be America if they keep raising the debt ceiling
The country will go bankrupt just like Detroit, Like the too big to fail banks , did not get bailout money...scary

divergent revolution (309)
Tuesday July 8, 2014, 11:16 am
Sorry, stupid phone, WHAT I meant To SAY WAS Detroit Got fvcked!

Past Member (0)
Tuesday July 8, 2014, 2:19 pm
Water is a human right. The water needs to be turned on...surely something can be worked out about the overdue bills. Just wrong. Thanks Dandelion

Jeanne R (1203)
Tuesday July 8, 2014, 2:31 pm
So sad. So scary.

Lois Jordan (63)
Tuesday July 8, 2014, 2:42 pm
Noted. Thanks, Dandelion. This is a terrible situation for the people. Clicked to sign petition....says I've already signed. (Been so busy, I'd forgotten).....additional thanks to JL A.

. (0)
Tuesday July 8, 2014, 6:02 pm
Thks, JLA. for that extra info about petition site. Gladly signed. Together with the UN and the petition let hope this puts pressure on authorities to not only reinstall water to those who have been disconnected, but also sends a clear message that water supply is a basic right, and not a profit generating commodity.

Mary T (356)
Tuesday July 8, 2014, 9:13 pm
everyone needs access to water, read about the Ebola outbreak in Africa, the lack of clean water to wash hands is helping to transmit the virus...the same could happen in Detroit.

signed the petition

Maria Teresa Schollhorn (42)
Wednesday July 9, 2014, 2:21 am
Water is indispensable for all! Thank you Dandelion.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday July 9, 2014, 4:10 am
Thanks for sharing!

Shirley S (187)
Wednesday July 9, 2014, 5:21 am
Noted & signed

divergent revolution (309)
Wednesday July 9, 2014, 9:48 am
Btw, this is a huge issue globally
Nestlé and other multinational corporations are buying up water rights from anyone who will sell them, governments, private companies, you name it,,, even more scary than the Detroit problem.
One day wars will be fought for water, like Montana already does, people get shot every summer.

Sheryl G (360)
Wednesday July 9, 2014, 11:22 am
And while they frack more and spill more oil into our waters this resource will become more expensive and more scarce.

Mitchell D (86)
Thursday July 10, 2014, 6:56 pm
Noted and signed,
I do not trust Nestle any more than I trust Monsanto.
Thank you Dandelion, I had not heard of this horror.
I never, BTW, heard of charging people according to income, either, but that is an interesting idea,perhaps by a certain percent of income, for something as essential as water.
But, no, that will not fly, here, in the land of St. Reagan: "You can have it all!"

Mitchell D (86)
Thursday July 10, 2014, 6:58 pm
Sorry, that should be Reagan's "The United States of 'You Can Have It All.'"

Sheryl G (360)
Friday July 11, 2014, 10:26 am
Another Petition to Stop Water Shut offs....C2 Petition:
Detroit Stop Cutting Poor People's Water Off

Mandi T (367)
Sunday July 13, 2014, 11:54 am
TY noted

Mandi T (367)
Sunday July 13, 2014, 11:55 am
A/S petition :-)

Gina Caracci (219)
Sunday July 20, 2014, 2:50 pm
a glance into the future...Ill bet they are selling the water to bottling companies.. THAT situation needs to STOP everywhere..

damn disgusting that they are getting away with this
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