By Martina Guzman

October 6, 2015

“The narrative around Detroit’s water shutoffs has largely centered on people needing to pay their bills or water as a human right. Missing from the conversation has been the mental and physical health impacts of the water shutoffs on a city with an already staggering poverty rate.

Despite some recent economic development post-bankruptcy, Detroit is still a deeply troubled city. Looking at water as a bottom line issue is problematic and brings into question good governance in a city plagued with human misery and the second highest urban poverty rate in the country.”