*While it seems that something like water – which is necessary to sustain life – should be free, Detroit residents are the unfortunate ones being targeted by the city as water for residents with unpaid bills of $150 or more face water shutoffs in a crackdown by the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department.
But an unexpected ally has come to the city’s aid.
According to the Detroit Free Press, a Canadian group will attempt to send a convoy of eight cars adorned patriotically with Canadian flags through the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel, carrying some 1,000 liters of Canadian tap water in a neighborly gesture of friendship.
“We needed to show solidarity with our neighbors,” Council of the Canadian’s Sujata Dey told the news site. “How could we not do something for them?”
The Windsor chapter of the council will organize the gesture. They advocate for a variety of causes – with clean water being amongst them. They plan to make sure that the water can make it through the border check because U.S. regulations could pose difficulties if the quantity of water exceeds what is actually deemed “required” for personal use. Such imports usually require U.S. government approval to make sure the water is safe for consumption.
Dey says the water will likely be divided in portions that will enable it to pass through without provoking such scrutiny. If push comes to shove, she has a secret backup plan.
Customers in Detroit who have two months of unpaid water bills, or a bill racking up more than $150, have been faced with water shutoffs. Recently, the execution of the shutoff plan had been put on a 15-day hold to give some residents a chance to catch up on payments or detail why they are unable to pay their bills, the Free Press notes.
Read more at the Detroit Free Press.