UN experts to discuss Detroit water shutoffs

DETROIT (AP) — Two United Nations human rights experts in Detroit to observe the impact of water service shutoffs on city residents are expected to publicly discuss their visit.

A news conference is scheduled Monday afternoon in downtown Detroit

Special rapporteur on the right to adequate housing Leilani Farha and special rapporteur on the human right to water and sanitation Catarina de Albuquerque were to informally stop by neighborhoods over the weekend where water has been shut off.

The water department says more than 27,000 shutoffs were made between Jan. 1 and Sept. 30.

Most shutoffs were halted for several weeks during the summer to give customers a chance to enter payment plans, but they resumed and topped 5,100 in September.

Groups opposing the shutoffs appealed in June to the U.N. for support.

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