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      Groups try to pull plug on Detroit water shutoffs

      Taps are flowing and toilets are flushing for thousands of Detroit residents with unpaid water bills, but national and international voices denouncing a massive wave of service shutoffs continue to rain down on the city's water utility.

      Human rights and other groups have rallied downtown, made a filing in Detroit's bankruptcy proceedings and appealed to the United Nations as water shutoffs rose from 500 in March to more than 7,200 in June.

      A Canadian group plans to haul 264 gallons of water Thursday to a rally outside City Hall.

      The Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Unitarian Universalist Service Committee also is in Detroit to deliver national petitions opposing the shutoffs to city leaders.

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