Equity and Affordability in Rural Communities and Tribal Nations   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Introduction: "Water is essential no matter where you live, but it can be more expensive to deliver water to disparate communities and locations compared to the costs of concentrated populations of cities. This leads us to ask: What drivers contribute most to water equity and affordability gaps in rural and tribal communities? What guarantees should we make for ensuring water services to any community in the U.S., regardless of how remote it might be? Can people living in these communities assume that they will have both safe, and affordable water? Who bears responsibility for ensuring safe, and affordable water: the community or Tribal Nation itself, the county, the state, or the federal government? Who pays, or who bears responsibility when the system fails to provide safe or affordable water and how do we account for histories of injustice in those decisions? In answering these questions, the conversation paid particular attention to those communities that have never obtained access to water or wastewater services, often because of systemic structures and exclusionary policies. The compounding impact of these social and environmental injustices are becoming more evident with the current public health crisis."

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