Water is a basic human right, Baltimore

Op-ed arguing against Baltimore's water shut-off plans.
Op-Ed (Maryland)

Zafar Shah, Matt Hill
Baltimore Sun
April 9, 2015
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Tags: Civil Rights, Consumer Protection, Health Care, Housing: Landlord-Tenant

Organizations mentioned/involved: Public Justice Center (PJC)


Thousands of families catching rainwater to drink, using water from their neighbors to flush toilets — have we learned nothing from those recent scenes in Detroit, where families rallied in the streets when the city starting shutting off the water? The United Nations said the shut off was a violation of the “most basic human rights,” and caravans from Canada even drove to Detroit to hand out free water to its neediest residents.

Baltimore City risks a similar emergency as our Public Works Department plans to shut off the tap on tens of thousands of low-income residents next week with little notice and no public hearing. This non-transparent plan is unconscionable for many reasons, not least of which is its effect on renters.