Clean Water Action Congratulates Detroit Water Activists, Calls for Legislative Action to End Water Shut-offs

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

The following statement can be attributed to Mary Brady-Enerson, Michigan Director, Clean Water Action:

“Today, Mayor Mike Duggan announced a moratorium on water shut-offs for non-payment until the end of 2022. We applaud the decades of activism by so many, including Michigan Welfare Rights Organization, Peoples Water Board Coalition, We the People of Detroit, and other water warriors, who have been working for years to end the injustice of water shut-offs. Water is a human right. It is critical that everyone in Michigan has access to safe, clean, affordable water for drinking, cooking and basic hygiene.

Now we need action from the Michigan Legislature to end water shut-offs statewide. We call on Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey and Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield to follow Detroit’s lead and bring SB 241 up for a vote immediately. This critical bill would end water shut-offs for non-payment statewide while the COVID-19 pandemic continues to threaten the lives and health of Michigan residents.”


Since our founding during the campaign to pass the landmark Clean Water Act in 1972, Clean Water Action has worked to win strong health and environmental protections by bringing issue expertise, solution-oriented thinking and people power to the table. Clean Water Action is Michigan’s largest grassroots conservation group with over 133,000 members across the state. Through direct advocacy and education we organize Michigan residents to protect the Great Lakes and our water resources. Learn more at


Sean McBrearty