To make things a little worse, many people in Detroit are getting disconnected from the city water supply. Due to decreasing revenue and budget shortfalls, the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) has raised prices and shut tens of thousands of resident's water off over the past few years.
Residents in less populated areas often share water between houses using hoses as service does not come to every house. The problem may only get worse. Detroit's population is projected to bottom out in 2020, leaving many years for services to potentially decline even more.
Residents that lose water access tend not to have the income to pay for tap water alternatives, such as bottled water, that can cost up to a thousand times more. Hopefully the city can find a way to provide basic services that many need to survive.
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