1701: Following the establishment of the City of Detroit, the supply of drinking water in Detroit and its surroundings evolved from individuals collecting water daily from the river in leather buckets…


2014: On July 9, ex-City Council Member Sheila Cockrel, is featured on WDIV’s Flashpoint, and in upholding traditional Detroit values from 1701, claims “People can go down to the river and pick up a bucket of water. That’s your right.”

On July 21, in the presence of Bankruptcy Judge Rhodes, the deputy director of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department agrees to halt shut-offs for 15 days. Despite this promise, the department allows Homrich contractors to pursue “illegal turn-ons” and commercial customers full force, and the department shuts off an entire apartment buildings because they fall under the commercial category of customers.

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