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Baltimore Council Approves Income-Based Water Bills

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The Baltimore City Council, in the face of rising water and sewer rates and public anger over billing errors, approved a discount program that ties monthly water bills for its poorest residents to their annual household income.

Amid Rising Water Rates, Massachusetts Cities Have Inequitable Affordability Policies, Report Finds

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Policies favor homeowners, according to Northeastern University study.

Speaking Of Water With Peter Gleick - California Drinking Water Bill

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Dr. Peter Gleick, President Emeritus of the Pacific Institute, discusses the new clean water bill signed by California Governor Gavin Newsom.

Chicago’s New Mayor, In Rare Move, Considers Water Shutoff Ban

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Few cities have complete bans on the practice. But some restrict when water can be turned off and which residents are eligible.

The Water ‘Accessibility Trap’: Q&A with Alexandra Campbell-Ferrari and Luke Wilson

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Authors of a report on local drinking water laws discuss the lack of water shutoff data and the fees that make it harder for struggling households to stay afloat.

In Maryland, Vulnerability to Water Shutoffs Depends on Your Address

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New report highlights how local laws can trap households in a cycle of fees that influence water affordability, shutoffs, and timely bill payment.

California Water Board Outlines $606M Bill Assistance Program

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The state looks for ways to help poor households with the increasing cost of drinking water.

Price of Water 2018: Utilities Revise Household Water Rate Formulas

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Small increase in prices but some significant adjustments to water bill calculations.

Water Debt Not on the Menu in Baltimore’s Tax Sale Season

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City and state officials take steps to keep residents from losing homes because of overdue water bills.

California Water Board Delays Affordability Report

Citing the need for more deliberation, California regulators delayed publication of a report that will outline their preferred plan to fund and manage a statewide program to help poor residents pay their water bills.

When the Water Is Shut Off

Cities employ vastly different strategies for late-paying customers.

Baltimore City Council to Introduce Water Affordability Package in 2018

Baltimore is the latest U.S. city to reassess water aid for the poor.