Outraged Canadians deliver 260 gallons of water to Detroit in protest of city water shut offs

DETROIT (WXYZ) - Hundreds of protestors stood outside of the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center in downtown Detroit to rally against the controversial water shutoff plan.

Early Thursday evening, Canadian residents arrived on the corner of Woodward and Larned to deliver about 260 gallons (1,000 liters) of tap water.

After the rally, the water was taken to nearby St. Peter’s Church. Nearly a dozen vehicles pulled in with Canadian flags and blue flags. The group is part of the Council of Canadians.

The rally comes days after the city announced in bankruptcy court that it would take a 15 day "pause" in water shut offs.

During that time, residents in jeopardy of losing their water due to unpaid bills can get the information and help they need.

The city is also starting an aggressive plan to inform customers of payment and assistance options including a "Water Fair" set for August 2nd.

This is being driven by Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes who said last week the shutoffs are a big PR problem for Detroit and a problem that can be solved. 

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