Water and the COVID-19 Pandemic: Equity Dimensions of Utility Disconnections in the U.S. [open pdf - 271KB]
From the Document: "Water is essential to public health. While the vast majority of American households served by water utilities receive a reliable supply of high-quality drinking water, there remain homes where water and wastewater services have been shut off or disconnected due to non-payment. There are no national and few state-level requirements for water utilities to report on water disconnections, so it is difficult to assess the scope of the problem. Previous research has demonstrated that race is the strongest predictor for access to plumbing, but further research is needed to understand the equity issues underlying utility disconnection. This Issue Brief offers a summary of what is currently known about differences in water disconnections due to non-payment in the U.S. across income, race, and housing type. Given the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic of 2020, ensuring safe water for all is an increasingly urgent public health and racial justice issue."
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