I simply find it ridiculous that we clothe, house, feed and provide water for illegal immigrants, pour billions into overseas aid but won't even supply US citizens, with a basic necessity when they can't afford it. We've got our priorities all screwed up.The U.S. has consistently opposed the U.N. push to define clean water as a fundamental human right. In 2007, the United States government submitted a detailed explanation of its views to the Office of the United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights. In it, the U.S. recognized the importance of providing water while rejecting the view that a “right to water” exists under current formulations of international human rights law.
The 2007 U.S. rebuttal to the U.N. argued: Understanding how the United States addresses these issues [equitable access to safe drinking water and sanitation] requires an understanding of the U.S. system of federalism, under which, state and local authorities play the primary role in promoting access to safe drinking water and sanitation. Over time, the U.S. Congress and the courts have increased the involvement of the federal government in certain areas. Today here are a wide range of federal laws and regulations aimed at promoting safe drinking water and sanitation. However, state sovereignty over many water issues remains.
The Barlow report charged that Detroit’s water crisis has resulted from decades of public policy that have put corporate business and profit ahead of the public good and human rights. The report alleges: 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. The burden of paying for city services has fallen onto the residents who have stayed within the economically depressed city, most of whom are African-American. These residents have seen water rates rise by 119 per cent within the last decade. With official, understated unemployment rates at a record high and the official, understated poverty rate at about 40 percent, Detroit water bills are unaffordable to a significant portion of the population.
U.N. to intervene in Detroit water shutoffs