There are serious consequences to water shutoffs:
- They can cause health issues because without water, people cannot bathe or flush their toilets.
- 21 states consider the lack of running water in the home to be child neglect, so families are in danger of being separated.
- And, high water prices force many families to choose between water and other essentials like medicine and groceries.2
Water affordability is a national problem, and water shutoffs are a policy decision — which means this is an issue we can solve.
“Good policies are critical to addressing this affordability crisis,” says Mary Grant, Food & Water Watch Public Water for All Campaign Director.3
The Water Affordability, Transparency, Equity and Reliability (WATER) Act would promote affordable water service for all.
Food & Water Watch
1. Right to Water, Food & Water Watch, July 28, 2011.
2. America’s Secret Water Crisis: National Shutoff Survey Reveals Water Affordability Emergency Affecting Millions, Food & Water Watch, October 2018.
3. Shocking Study: 15 Million U.S. Residents Had Water Shut Off in 2016