By now, everyone has heard the appalling story about water shutoffs in Detroit:

Residents of Detroit, Michigan who are $150 or two months past-due on their water bills are having their water shut off by the bankrupt city. Now, even the United Nations has stepped in, saying Detroit is in violation of the human right to water.

There are so many comments to make on this situation, so many angles to point out: i.e., Wall Street bankrupted Detroit in the first place, water should be (and actually is) free, unemployment is epidemic, inflation is out of control thereby draining the money people might have otherwise used to pay their water bills, etc.

But that’s not what I want to get at in this post.   No, I simply want to tell the people of Detroit–and everywhere else this kind of BS happens–you don’t have to put up with this.  All it takes is a wrench.  In some cases, not even that.

Go out to the street, open up the cover to your water main, and turn your water back on.  A wrench actually isn’t even the best tool to do this–I only suggest it because it is the type of tool most people likely already have on hand and can be a workable solution with a little ingenuity.  An actual water valve tool is ideal, of course.  If one of those isn’t readily available, here is a set of instructions for making a “‘Ghetto’ Water Meter Key.”  And here is but one example of a helpful video showing how to find your water main and operate the valve:

See? Easy peasy.  That’s the revolution, my friends.  Exercise the power we have.  Break your conditioning–don’t be like the elephant tied up with thread!

Just because the big bad city comes and turns your valve off doesn’t mean you can’t go out and turn it right back on once the city truck is out of sight.  And if they padlock the cover to your water main–there are ways around that.  Water is a human right and no one–not even the city of Detroit–has the right to take that away.  For God’s sake, the water will still be flowing through the pipes under the street out front of the house.  And I’m sure the City of Detroit would rather people used wrenches to get to their rightful water than the obvious next step: jackhammers.



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  1. Not the America we thought we were. Heartless SOB’s


  3. ScJP96 says:

    Yeah, commit a crime, why not, what’s one more conviction (sometimes a felony) to add to the rap sheet of Detroit’s finest citizens.

  4. ScJP96 says:

    The U.N. says that you have a right to have access to water, not that it has to be cleaned for you and delivered to your house. Grow up.

    More entitlement mentality from the welfare crowd. What makes you think you’re entitled to the labor of all those who have to maintain the water system? Hint: You’re not.

    • eggsistense says:

      ScJP96: What a sad existence you must lead, in love with your servitude. I pity you and only approved your misguided comments so that people could see how deeply the Stockholm Syndrome has taken root in our society, in case they weren’t already aware. Because what’s going on is that water is being cut off for people–individuals–who owe money, but being left on for corporations and businesses that owe far more than any one of those individuals. For example:

      “Some 15,000 residential customers have lost water service, and tens of thousands more are in danger of losing it, thanks to past due bills. But businesses owing hundreds of thousands of dollars have not been disconnected, Detroit Water and Sewerage Department records show.

      According to a department list, the top 40 commercial and industrial accounts have past-due accounts totaling $9.5 million. That list includes apartment complexes, the Chrysler Group, real estate agencies, a laundromat and even a cemetery.”

      That’s the true face of entitlement and welfare–big business and the rentier class who get free money and bailouts and aren’t allowed to fail like individuals are. Nice try at redirection, though. Nobody buys that BS anymore–except slaver-sympathizers like yourself. Don’t bother posting a response to this–it won’t be posted or replied to. It will be summarily deleted.

  5. Thirsty N. Cali says:

    uh, that video just showed how to turn the water OFF. I’m pretty sure that’s not the info that your readers are looking for. Are you implying that turning it back ON is just a matter of turning the valve back the other way? Anything else we should know before trying that with a monkey wrench?

  6. They turn our water off today. The bill we received 04/09/2018 was for $1198.67 we paid $450.00 dollars towards that bill. Then we got a big orange label stuck to our window on 04/30/2018 for $12,129.93 we paid a some money in our chapter 13th but we can’t seem to find out how much. There are to many people handling our bill the city of Chicago has sent our bill to Goldman & Grant, LTD they say our bill is one thing city says it’s another. What can we do?

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