Grist Explainer

Detroit’s unaffordable water hints at a U.S. crisis to come

In 2014, United Nations officials sharply criticized Detroit’s practice of shutting off water for residents who couldn’t pay their bills. This year, more than 18,000 residents have been at risk of losing their access. How did Detroit get here? And could the city’s water woes be a harbinger for the rest of the U.S.? Watch our video above to find out and hear the stories of Detroit residents.