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A huge coalition has put together an urgent petition to state and federal elected leaders. It reads:

Immediately reverse and prevent water shutoffs during the COVID-19 pandemic. And until water service is restored, governments must open public water distribution stations. Finally, once the pandemic is over, we must ensure all Americans can access safe drinking water.

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In a time when frequent handwashing is essential to preventing COVID-19’s deadly spread, people urgently need clean, safe water running from their faucets.

Water should always have been a basic right. The coronavirus pandemic has exposed and exacerbated a national crisis of water insecurity, in which an estimated 15 million Americans lack running water, mainly because they can’t afford to pay for it. This disgrace just became more deadly.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed (as part of the third COVID-19 stimulus package) a ban on utility shutoffs during the pandemic and the allocation of $1.5 billion to help pay low-income families’ water bills. The U.S. Senate did not pass these measures. As is typical, the final legislation followed the Senate version.

We need to pass this now, through state governments and Congress!

Michigan has established a moratorium on new water shutoffs and required utilities to turn people’s water back on if it’s been shut off. Every other state and Congress must follow suit.

Sign now: Stop water shutoffs during covid-19 pandemic and restore water access immediately.

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P.S. RootsAction is an independent online force endorsed by Jim Hightower, Barbara Ehrenreich, Cornel West, Daniel Ellsberg, Glenn Greenwald, Naomi Klein, Bill Fletcher Jr., Laura Flanders, former U.S. Senator James Abourezk, Frances Fox Piven, Phil Donahue, Sonali Kolhatkar, and many others.


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