The Great Lakes News Collaborative includes Bridge Michigan; Circle of Blue; Great Lakes Now at Detroit Public Television; and Michigan Radio, Michigan’s NPR News Leader; who work together to bring audiences news and information about the impact of climate change, pollution, and aging infrastructure on the Great Lakes and drinking water. This independent journalism is supported by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. Find all the work HERE.
Mass water shutoffs in Detroit following the city’s bankruptcy proceedings brought the issue of water affordability and water shutoffs into public notoriety in the U.S. in 2014.
The threat of COVID-19 brought the issue back to the forefront as the CDC urged people to wash their hands frequently.
Read Circle of Blue’s full piece on the water debt millions of Americans – including in Great Lakes states like Michigan, Pennsylvania and Illinois – are facing:
Read Great Lakes Now’s coverage of water shutoffs:
Featured image: Rebecca Fritz opens her past-due bill from the City of Detroit Water and Sewerage Department. (Photo credit: J. Carl Ganter)