We believe affordable water is a human right. Do you?

People who believe have paid $142,846 in water bills for 349 families (click/tap for listing) in 2020.

Since July 2014, over 4,500 people who believe water is a human right have helped over 1,200 families with their water bills.

   Yes, I want to help with a water bill    I need help with my water bill

Dignity for everyone, everyday.

Water is a human right. But, the United States has a water affordability problem. In places like Detroit, Baltimore, and other cities, families unable to afford their water bills have their water shut off. When this happens, kids can't bathe, people can't wash dishes, and grandparents can't flush their toilets. The Human Utility is non-profit organization providing help to families and makes sure they always have running water at home.

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On a Water Moratorium: Michigan is Not Out of the Woods Yet

The state of Michigan issued a moratorium on water shutoffs during the novel coronavirus crisis. What does that mean for the future of water affordability in Michigan, though? Check out our thoughts on the moratorium here.

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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 water isn't affordable.

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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 & help with a water bill 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.

You'll be in great company.

Kind words from a few of over 4,500 water bill donors who believe water is a human right.