Why did it take a pandemic to turn Detroit’s water back on?

As we’ve been saying for many years, water shutoffs are a danger to public health.

This Sierra Club story reminds us of the dangers of unaffordable water during the 2020 pandemic. In their report, they note: “Maureen Taylor first learned about the existence of COVID-19 in January, scrolling through the BBC website. A few weeks later, a contact at the United Auto Workers told her that Ford’s factories in China were shut down because of the virus. “So Ford knew,” said Taylor. “Ford knew in February.”

An 2014 MSNBC interview with Maureen Taylor and WDIV reporter Hank Winchester demonstrates the importance of speaking truth and not perpetuating misinformation and stereotypes. “…let me say shame on Hank…for putting that lie and that mis- and disinformation on the air…!”

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