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.