America has a water problem


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.

Wenonah Hauter
Executive Director
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

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