The Impact of Water Policies on Communities of Color and Low Income: Looking beyond Maryland to Neighboring States and Cities
Thursday, May 13, 2021 from 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Water is essential for life. Access to clean drinking water has been recognized as a human right by the United Nations. However, in cities and towns across the United States, water service has become unaffordable and thus out of reach for an increasing number of Americans, disproportionately affecting communities of color. In Baltimore a new law recently enacted is designed to assist City residents with affordability issues. This panel will discuss the challenges faced by rural communities, public water utilities and initiatives to privatize water, legislation in Philadelphia that was enacted to address affordability, and what advocates can do to make sure communities of color and low income communities have access to this vital resource.
- Coty Montag, NAACP Legal Defense Fund
- Mary Varson Cromer, Appalachian Citizens' Law Center
- Eric Bodzin, Philadelphia City Council
- Elizabeth Marx, Pennsylvania Utility Law Project