Detroit officials are fuming after two visiting United Nations lawyers scolded the city for cutting off water to delinquent customers and described the shut-offs as a “human rights” violation.I've got a son that works for a water district, and they routinely cut off water for delinquency. While it's true that everyone has a right to water, it's not true that you have a right to have it filtered, cleaned, stored and pumped into your house.
“It is contrary to human rights to disconnect water from people who simply do not have the means to pay their bills,” Catarina de Albuquerque, one of the two representatives, said Monday at the conclusion of their visit.Mr. Albuquerque needs to learn the law. While everyone has a right to water, there is no right to have it delivered. A quick look at a map shows that Detroit is served by a huge, fresh-water lake and a nice sized river. If residents want free water, they should get a bucket and head toward the lake. Lots of free water there. If you want it pumped into your house, you should expect to get a bill for it, just like the rest of America.
It's a slow news day when something like this makes national news. Pay your water bill, or start hiking toward the nearest river.