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Congress on Track to Approve Millions More in Federal Funding for Water Debt Relief

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First-ever federal program for household water-bill assistance could see another $500 million.

California Households Owe $1 Billion in Water-Bill Debt

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In California, a statewide survey indicates that low-income households and communities of color are most affected by overdue water bills.

California Water Board Collects Data on Household Water Debt, Utility Finances

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More people are behind on their water bills because of the pandemic. State regulators in California want to know how many and how far behind.

Michigan Allocates $20 Million to Relieve Customer Water Debts

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Michigan is using federal CARES Act funding to help residents pay off past-due water bills that accrued during the pandemic.

As Pandemic Amplifies Financial Stress for Water Utilities and Customers, North Carolina Governor Announces Financial Aid

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State-ordered shutoff protections have expired, customer debt is rising, and some utilities face revenue shortfalls.

North Carolina, In Early Stages of Financial Review, Sees Potentially Large Number of Distressed Water Systems

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North Carolina officials are working to develop a rating system that would identify public water and sewer providers at risk of financial failure.

North Carolina Panel Approves Bailout for Indebted Sewer System

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Cliffside Sanitary District, which serves around 75 customers, is under state control because of financial hardship.

In Louisiana, Officials Pursue Fixes for Indebted, Failing Water Systems

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Louisiana is another state putting priority on merging small, struggling water systems with larger neighbors. It's offering to cover the capital cost of connection.