The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Baltimore City:
Shutting off Water to the Poor

Apr 13, 2015

With water and sewer bills averaging a minimum of $70 per month in Baltimore, many thousands of people have received notices that their water is to be shut off if the bills remain unpaid.

Officials say more than 40 million dollars is owed. But they skate over the fact that about half of it is owed by companies and institutions. Seven million alone of the total 40 million is owed by just one company, the bankrupt RG Steel.

Yet poor homeowners who cannot pay as little as $250 are threatened with losing their homes. This vicious practice has for decades cost poor people their homes to the enrichment of certain landlords and developers in Baltimore City.

It is companies and institutions that use the most water, while paying the lowest rates. The real outrage is that all consumers pay more than business does, which means that we are subsidizing them.