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Water War: Dry in Detroit

VICE News traveled to Detroit to see how nearly 100,000 residents are dealing with life without water.

Earlier this year, Detroit's Water and Sewerage Department began turning off water utilities for overdue or delinquent accounts. Since April, the department has cut off the water for nearly 3,000 households per week — meaning roughly 100,000 Motor City residents are without water. Entrenched at the bottom of Detroit's current economic crisis, many of those without water are the city's poorest residents.


The city's shut-off campaign has garnered international press attention, and has been called "an affront to human rights" by representatives of the United Nations.

VICE News traveled to Detroit to see first-hand how residents are dealing with the water shut-offs, speak with local government representatives about the issue, and discuss possible resolutions with activist groups.

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