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Stanley Welcomes Detroit Water Brigade

9 December, 2014 - by Brian Stanley TD

The Sinn Féin spokesperson on the Environment Brian Stanley TD today hosted Justin Wedes, Demeeko Williams, Makita Taylor and Shamayim Harris from the Detroit Water Brigade who are in Dublin to support the campaign against Irish Water and water charges. Deputy Stanley said that it was a lesson for Ireland regarding the consequences of charging households for water.

Deputy Stanley said:

“The picture painted of the situation around water in Detroit is frightening. 3,025 people were disconnected in April and 4,531 in May. Monthly bills increased by 8.7% and are now at an average of $70.67 each month. This has forced up to 16,000 to rely on water hubs where volunteers bring water and supply it to people in need.

“While the system in Detroit has not been privatised those who are owed money by the city due to its bankruptcy effectively set the rate at which water is charged for. All of this paints a frightening picture of what the future can be like once water is charged for, and when private interests dictate the way the system is run.

“That is the reason the Brigade came to Ireland, to support the popular campaign against the water charges and to warn us what can potentially happen to the water service.”

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