COLUMBUS— Today, State Rep. Erica C. Crawley (D-Columbus) announced legislation to regulate water utility providers' ability to curtail, disrupt or disconnect water service to customers. The legislation would ensure that customers would not have their service curtailed, disrupted or disconnected due to the nonpayment of fees and charges for the service. Each public water system would also develop a water affordability program to establish a sliding scale based on customer income to set water service fees and charges, as well as an affordable and attainable payment schedule.

“We all know that water is a necessity. Drinking water, washing hands, bathing, cleaning, and maintaining overall health all require access to water. Therefore, shutting off water service because people have delinquent accounts should never be the response,” said Crawley. “In the midst of COVID-19 the need for water access has become even more apparent. Increased attention to hygiene is one of the main tools to fight the virus. However, those who are already at higher risk for contracting and developing complications to the virus are also those who may face water shutoffs. This legislation is needed to protect Ohioans access to safe, clean water.”

This legislation will be known as “Water for all” and awaits a bill number and committee assignment. The bill was brought forth in partnership with the Alliance for the Great Lakes, Freshwater Future and the Ohio Environmental Council.


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