Detroit’s Water Woes is a Telling Tale for Other Cities

People gather to protest against the mass water shut-offs to Detroit citizens behind in their payments during a demonstration in downtown Detroit

People gather to protest against the mass water shut-offs to Detroit citizens behind in their payments during a demonstration in downtown Detroit, Michigan July 18, 2014. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

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In 2014, United Nations officials sharply criticized Detroit’s practice of shutting off water for residents who couldn’t pay their bills. This year, more than 18,000 residents have been at risk of losing their access. How did Detroit get here? And could the city’s water woes be a harbinger for the rest of the U.S.? Watch our video above to find out and hear the stories of Detroit residents.

Watch the video below to learn more about the #utilityjustice issue. Stay tuned for research by a group of School for Environment and Sustainability graduate students who are exploring this issue further in hopes of proposing practical policy solutions.

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