“About damn time,” a former head of Detroit’s health department said in regards to the news on Twitter.
The City of Detroit will restore water to homes that had their service shut off because of unpaid bills amid growing concerns surrounding the Coronavirus.
In a report from FOX2 Detroit, the city’s mayor, Mike Duggan, announced a plan allowing those residents with unpaid bills to restore water to their homes for $25 a month. Duggan added that the state of Michigan will pay the initial $25 reactivation fee, but after that residents will be responsible for paying the monthly $25 fee. It is unknown how long it will take for water services to resume in those homes. The plan was primarily created so residents could wash their hands to avoid coronavirus, although — as FOX2 noted — there are no cases of coronavirus in Michigan.
Since the plan’s announcement, a number of people have reacted to the news on social media. Abdul El-Sayed, a former head of Detroit’s health department, tweeted: “About damn time. It’s been six years since the U.N. declared Detroit water shutoffs an insult to human rights.”
About damn time. It’s been 6 yrs since the UN declared Detroit water shutoffs an insult to human rights.
— Abdul El-Sayed (@AbdulElSayed) March 9, 2020
Bernie Sanders also addressed the news on Twitter.
It's good news that Detroit is restoring water to thousands of households. But it shouldn't take a crisis like the spread of coronavirus to restore people's right to drinking water. We are going to guarantee the right to clean water for all Americans. https://t.co/CaGahRb9QS
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) March 9, 2020
“It’s good news that Detroit is restoring water to thousands of households. But it shouldn’t take a crisis like the spread of coronavirus to restore people’s right to drinking water,” he tweeted. “We are going to guarantee the right to clean water for all Americans.”
As the Metro Times reported, more than 3,000 homes in Detroit have been without water because of unpaid bills.
Source: FOX2 Detroit