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Detroit should just pay everyones water bill with their extensive budget.
I read the article. $75 a month for water? That's what we pay here in my house in NH when we run the sprinklers. Normally it's about $50 a month.
$75 a month equates to about $2.50 a day. Is that unmanageable for half of the residents of Detroit? There isn't a lot in this article to help me understand what's going on or why, or where the 50% who can't come up with $2.50 a day are spending that money.
I disagree that it's a right, God-given or otherwise. If they are looking for charity in Detroit, say it (them, not you). I think the reasons detailed in the article, which vary from God to Wall Street to oil companies, kind of indicated nothing but bitchfesting, unless someone can explain to me how Wall Street or the oil companies impact a Detroit resident's inability to come up with $2.50 a day.
The question is in my view more properly, is water use part of the commons, like public education/roads/police, that should be provided to all citizens through taxes, therefore meaning the poor who pay no taxes effectively get the service for 'free.'
I answered no because there is a good reason to attach a cost to the use of water - the per unit cost encourages conservation and discourages waste. Furthermore, there are many options that solve the problem of access to water by the truly indigent - transfer payments (welfare and the like), direct subsidies for water bills, solving water problems for the poor is well within the reach of much private charity etc. One option might be to provide a 'subsistence' level of water use for no or very low cost, and then market rates above that but it's easy to identify practical problems with this as well.
So, yes, charge for water, and take care of the indigent through other means.
Every public utility in the US, water included, has state and federal programs for the indigent. I suggest you read your water bill.
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Water is my cheapest bill. About $40 every two months.
I'mma say, in a sense Yes, having access to potable water is a basic human right, since you're dead in 3 days without it.
But if your income (from whatever source) is above the poverty line, you should be able to pay for reasonable water use.
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