By MARIANNE NACANAYNAY, age 12

PHOTO: Justine Wedes (detroitwaterbrigade.org)
PHOTO: Justine Wedes (detroitwaterbrigade.org)

Tap water is being shut off in Detroit due to overdue water bills, threatening low-income families. Though some large companies owe the Detroit Water Department millions of dollars, their water has not been shut off. Instead, the department is targeting families. The U.N. stated shut-offs violate “the human right to water,” and that they only have the right to shut off water when customers can pay, but refuse.