The extraordinary control that the Whirlpool Corporation has taken over the community of Benton Harbor, Michigan must have emboldened them to believe they could act with impunity.
Three years ago, Harbor Shores tapped into the municipal water supply of Benton Harbor to irrigate their developing Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course for the rich.
It is difficult to imagine how the excavation necessary to accomplish this could be done secretly, on the other hand, with so much land destruction and development happening maybe it was easy to conceal.
Harbor Shores drew water without paying the city , although the residents of Benton Harbor were metered and paying for water usage . This was happening while the city was $5,000,000 in the red and was being run by a despotic Emergency Manager, Joseph Harris who answers only to Gov. Rick Synder.
About a year after this tap being , a water main break necessitated excavations for repairs and the Harbor Shores was discovered. ( water discolortion and germs which forced Benton Harbor residents to boil their water and many people got sick and lead many to notify local government. force the hiring of a company to come in to do the repairs work.
The city of Benton Harbor requested back payment of $172,000 for a year of heavy usage of water.
Harbor Shores responded by drawing irrigation water directly from the Paw Paw River. The audacious Whirlpool employee Marcus Robinson admitted on the radio " Harbor Shores brough a pump. This shows that Whirlpool and Harbor Shores are one and the same. They are now pumping water directly out of the Paw Paw river for free and stealing from the public.
apparently ,the Emergency Manager has decreed that the water distribution deficit resulting from Harbor Shores's pilferage would be paid for by Benton Harbor residents. Its almost unthinkable, what the corporation has put this town through in the past decades.