Two United Nations human rights officials on Monday finished a tour of Detroit to assess the impact of widespread water disconnections on residents in an effort by city officials to shore up some $90 million in overdue bills.
During their three-day tour, housing and sanitation experts Leilani Farha and Catarina de Albuquerque met with affected residents, civil rights activists and local officials after the U.N. called the shutoffs “an affront to human rights” this summer.
This summer Detroit began to pare down $90 million in overdue bills.
Customers who owe more than $150 or who are 60 days late in payment are in jeopardy of getting their water shutoff, according to the water and sewer department.
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