ACT NOW to Ask Your State to Stop Water Shut-Offs and Ensure Clean Water for All
The COVID-19 pandemic requires that we all make public health a key priority.
While there are many things we can – and should do – to protect ourselves and others from the virus, we are told a primary way to protect ourselves is to frequently wash our hands.
But – What if you don’t have running water in your house? How do you wash your hands and stay healthy?
Unfortunately, over a million Americans lack access to indoor plumbing and many millions more have had their water shut off for late or non-payment. In both cases, these impacts disproportionately affect low-income and people of color, exposing the inequities that underlie our government’s water infrastructure investments, priorities, and policies.
Fortunately, many water systems across the country acted to suspend water shutoffs during the COVID-19 crisis. Over 700 cities and 37 states* acted to stop some or all water shut-offs. However, many of those orders are now expiring. Also, many states have not required water service to be restored to homes with their water shut-off already.
To protect all members of our communities, we need ALL water systems to continue to commit to stop water shut-offs and to restore water service to those whose water is currently shut-off.
The GOOD NEWS: 37 states* have already acted to stop some or all water shut-offs.
The BAD NEWS: Many of those orders are expiring and we need the rest of the states to TAKE ACTION too.
Please click "Start Writing" to the right and automatically take action to:
- Ask your Governor to take action now to mandate all water providers stop water shut-offs immediately and restore service to homes where water service has been shut-of; OR
- Thank your Governor for already taking action to curb water shut-offs*
While we navigate our way through COVID-19, we must also continue to address the underlying issues of water, equity, and infrastructure that this crisis is helping to further bring to light. This crisis is further exposing inequities related to water and health that have been with us for a long time and have deep historical roots. Check-out our blog post to learn more.
*The following states have already acted to stop some or all water shut-offs: AK, AR, CA, CO**, CT**, DE**, HI, IL**, IA**, IN**, KS**, KY**, LA**, MA, ME**, MD**, MI**, MS**, MT**, NC**, NH**, NJ, NM, NY, OH**, OR, PA, RI**, SC**, TN**, TX**, VA**, VT, WA, WI**, WV**, Washington, D.C.
**Have let their orders expire.
Thank you to Food and Water Watch for tracking and providing information on municipal and state action on water shut-offs.