UN Briefing Access to clean, potable water is a human right

“The City of Detroit is facing a major water crisis as a result of decades of policies that have put corporate business and profit ahead of the public good and human rights… The case of water cut-offs in the City of Detroit speaks to the deep racial divides and intractable economic and social inequality in access to services within the United States.” —excerpt from a submission made on June 18 to the UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Right to Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation. The water situation in Detroit highlights the challenges that millions of people throughout the world contend with each and every day.