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Canadians to carry 1,000 litres of water to Detroit to protest water shutoffs

DETROIT - A Canadian group is planning to bring about 1,000 litres of water from Windsor to Detroit to protest thousands of residential service shutoffs by Detroit's water department.

The Windsor chapter of the Council of Canadians says the water will be carried in a convoy Thursday through a commuter tunnel to a rally outside Detroit City Hall.

Council national chair Maude Barlow says she will ask U.S. President Barack Obama to declare a state of emergency in Detroit.

The water issue gained national attention last month after activists appealed to the United Nations for assistance.

On Monday, the utility suspended shutoffs for 15 days to educate customers on how to make payment plans.

It has said nearly $90 million was owed on past due accounts.

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