Morris Brown College, a 127-year-old historically Black college in Atlanta, is on the verge of shutting down, unless a Fulton County judge forces the city to restore the campus’s water.
Atlanta’s Department of Watershed Management says that Morris Brown owes a whopping $380,000 water bill. The college has been behind for a solid half-decade, agency officials told The Atlanta Journal Constitution.
On the last day of the fall semester, city officials ordered Morris Brown to pay the debt in full – immediately – or lose its water supply. Three days later, the city cut off the water.
Morris Brown argues, in a court action, that as long as the water isn’t flowing, it cannot recover from its financial mess.
“The interruption of water service has caused MBC to be unable to go forward with its fund-raising efforts to repair the school’s financial situation,” the school said in the document. The college “will have to close its doors for business” if the courts don’t intercede. “Without the court’s intervention, and with the passing of time, it will be impossible for MBC to recover even with an influx of cash.”