40% of Detroit’s population is about to have their water shut off -
The Detroit Water and Sewage Department is conducting mass water shut offs in Detroit Michigan which will effect over 120,000 account holders over a 3 month period (June-September 2014) at a rate of 3,000 per week. This accounts for over 40% of customers who are using the Detroit Water system and has been dubbed a violation of Human Rights by various organizations. 70,000 of those accounts are residential accounts which could amount to anywhere from 200,000-300,000 people directly effected.
..dehydration becomes an immediate threat to Detroit residents. A lack of clean and drinkable water on a scale of this size can effect not only the person but the entire city almost immediately. The onset of dehydration is 1-2 days, which, if left untreated can result in death in as little as 5-14 days from the onset. Making sure Detroit residents have a supply of clean drinkable water is our top priority.
Sanitation is the second concern. With lack of water for basic things like waste removal, food preparation and cleanliness of food preparation tools, disease can become a threat factor in a matter of weeks, if left unchecked disease can spread in 2 months time.
Without water, the threat to the health and safety of Detroit residents becomes immediate, the resulting negative effects of mass water shut offs begin just 2 days after shut off and can become endemic in just 60 days time. When taking the scope into account (120,000 water accounts or 300,000+ people ) the implications become clear; this is a disaster zone – and immediate relief and preparation is needed.
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Need Help? Call 1-844-42-WATER or check for resources on the map below. We’ll be adding resource hubs daily
Need water ASAP? Have a copy of your shut-off notice handy and call (313)-279-0608 Ext. 5 and request an emergency water delivery. Water will be brought to you within 24 hours.
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Indicates a neighbor offering water to you if you’re within the area they’ve chosen to provide relief to, and you’ve had your water shut off.
Indicates a Central Resource Hub, if you’re offering water to your neighbors, you can acquire relief supplies including bottled water, 5 and 20 gallon jugs, iodine tablets and more here.