Everyone needs running water

Since July 2014, people like you have helped nearly 1,000 families in Detroit, Baltimore, and surrounding areas with their water bills.

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Dignity for everyone, everyday.

Water is a human right. Yet in places such as Detroit, Baltimore, and other cities in the United States, families unable to afford their water bills have their water service disconnected. When this happens, kids can't bathe, people can't wash dishes, and grandparents can't flush their toilets. The Human Utility provides assistance to families and makes sure they always have running water at home.

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Why can't people afford their water bills?

This is the question we're asked the most. Start here to learn why.

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You can help families

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Hope Against Hardship: How Determination And The Human Utility Helped A Mother Fight Hopelessness

A mother in Detroit with two hemophiliac boys works to make sure their home remains a clean, safe environment, but water bills make that difficult.

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How a Leaky Toilet Broke Up a Family — And How It’s Being Put Back Together

Patricia G., a 57-year-old Detroit resident, was overcome with emotion. She’d just gotten the phone call letting her know The Human Utility paid $750 toward her water bill. Patricia was getting her water turned back on.

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You Can Get Involved

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Your donation will go directly to help seniors and families living without water or in danger of shut-off. Donate any amount, starting at $5.

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Provide Services

If you are a lawyer, plumber, or other business owner able to help residents with water bill-related needs, you are needed! Learn how you can help.

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Partner with us

If you’re a community organization in Detroit or Baltimore working to connect residents with services and support, we’d love to partner with you.

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Give today

“I thank God for those people.”

Larry W. lived without water for two months in Detroit during chemotherapy before he found The Human Utility.

“You guys are truly amazing and a tremendous blessing to me and my son. It's been a long time since I've seen him so happy!”

Yolanda V. (and her son) in Detroit lived six months in Detroit without running water due to being too sick to work.