The Detroit Water and Sewerage is suspending water shutoffs for 15 days. The department is giving consumers a chance to pay off their balances before services are suspended.

On Friday over 1, 000 people rallied outside of Cobo Hall and Hart Plaza to protest against what some are calling a human right, which is the open use of water in homes and businesses.

Sources say the National Nurses United organized the effort to enforce public safety and health.

The water department says nearly $90 million is owed to the company, where approximately 40-50 percent of residents and businesses combined are delinquent.

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