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Past: Making Ends Meet: A Workshop on Water Affordability

 

 

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Community leaders, local elected officials, and advocates from around the country joined us in Philadelphia for an important two days discussing the depths of the water affordability crisis and learning about the solutions for tackling it in our communities. Learn more about the event 

 

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Professor Emily Kutil, We the People of Detroit

Alicia Smith, The Junction Coalition

Andy Kricun, Camden County

Stacey Isaac Berahzer, University of North Carolina - Environmental Finance Center

Roger Colton, Fisher, Sheehan & Colton

Mohamed Balla, Atlanta Department of Watershed Management

Debra McCarty, Philadelphia Water Department

 

 
 

 

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Wednesday, May 30

​4:30 - 5:00pm

​Check-in

Location: Energy Forum, Kleinman Center for Energy Policy, 4th Floor, Fisher Fine Arts Building, University of Pennsylvania, 220 S. 34th Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19104

5:00 - 6:00pm

The Philadelphia Story

Philadelphia’s innovative approach to water affordability is based on an income-based water tariff. What are the takeaways for your community?

Keynote: Michael Nutter, Former Mayor, Philadelphia, PA

Debra McCarty, Philadelphia Water Department

Rob Ballenger, Community Legal Services

Sonny Popowsky, Former Consumer Advocate of Pennsylvania

Moderator: Howard Neukrug, The Water Center at Penn

6:00 - 7:00pm

Reception


Thursday, May 31

​8:00 - 8:30am

Breakfast & Check-in

Location: Energy Forum, Kleinman Center for Energy Policy, 4th Floor, Fisher Fine Arts Building, University of Pennsylvania, 220 S. 34th Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19104

​8:30 - 8:45am

Welcome

The Water Center at Penn and Mayors Innovation Project

​8:45 - 10:15am

The Affordability Crisis

Rising utility bills have tangible negative impacts on households. We will discuss those impacts and the ways communities are organizing around them.

Mustafa Ali, Hip Hop Caucus

Professor Emily Kutil, We the People of Detroit

Jerome Shabazz, Overbrook Environmental Educational Center

Moderator: Jessica Loya, Green Latinos

10:15 - 10:30am

Break

​10:30 - 12:00pm

Creating Stormwater Fees

Stormwater fees are being used more and more to address runoff. What are communities doing to keep them fair and affordable?

Rick Gray, Former Mayor, Lancaster, PA

Andy Kricun, Camden County

Alicia Smith, The Junction Coalition

Darryl Haddock, Western Atlanta Watershed Alliance

Adam Ortiz, Prince George’s County, MD

Moderator: Gary Belan, American Rivers

12:00 - 12:30pm

Lunch

12:30 - 2:30pm

Addressing Affordability

What can utilities and cities do to promote efficiency, develop customer assistance programs, and/or rate based solutions?

Stacey Isaac Berahzer, University of North Carolina - Environmental Finance Center

Roger Colton, Fisher, Sheehan & Colton

Mohamed Balla, Atlanta Department of Watershed Management

Debra McCarty, Philadelphia Water Department

Moderator: Matthew Braunginn, Mayors Innovation Project

2:30 - 2:45pm

​Break

2:45 - 3:30pm

Overview: What’s happening at the Federal Level around Water Infrastructure
National infrastructure policies, how can we work together to adequately support the repair and construction of water infrastructure in a manner that is socially equitable and environmentally sustainable to ensure safe and affordable water for all.

Larry Levine, Natural Resources Defense Council

Gary Belan, American Rivers

Chad Lord, National Parks Conservation Association

Rosemary Enobakhare, Clean Water for All

3:30 - 4:00pm

Wrap-up & Adjourn




Resources

Navigating Legal Pathways to Rate-Funded Customer Assistance Programs, UNC ECF, UNC Environmental Finance Center. More information on this article can be found here.



Developing a New Framework for Community Affordability of Clean Water Services, National Academy of Public Administration , October 1st, 2017. More information on this article can be found here.



Flint Water Interagency Coordinating Committee Water Rates Subcommittee Recommendations, Flint Water Interagency Coordinating Committee Water Rates Subcommittee, July 21st, 2017. More information on this article can be found here.



Upgrading Our Water Systems: A National Overview of State-level Funding Initiatives, Vivian Chang, Jersey Water Works, June 1st, 2017. More information on this article can be found here.



Go Back to the Well: States and the Federal Government are Neglecting a Key Funding Source for Water, Rob Moore, Maddie Atkins , Natural Resources Defense Council, May 1st, 2018. More information on this article can be found here.



City of Philadelphia Water Assistance Program information, City of Philadelphia. More information on this article can be found here.



City of Philadelphia FAQ: Tiered Assistance Program (TAP), City of Philadelphia . Download a PDF of this article.



Assistance Programs (Chapter 2), Philadelphia Water Department, June 30th, 2017. More information on this article can be found here.



Rates and Charges, Philadelphia Water Department, January 3rd, 2017. More information on this article can be found here.



Navigating Legal Pathways To Rate-Funded Customer Assistance Programs, Environmental Finance Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. More information on this article can be found here.



Review and Recommendations for Implementing Water and Wastewater Affordability Programs in the US, National Consumer Law Center, March 1st, 2014. More information on this article can be found here.



The Threat of Privatization for the Emerging Generation, Joelle Gamble and Aman Banerji, Roosevelt Institute, March 27th, 2017. Download a PDF of this article.



Baltimore’s Conundrum: Charging for Water/Wastewater Services that Community Residents Cannot Afford, Roger Colton, Food and Water Watch, November 1st, 2017. More information on this article can be found here.



Best Practices in Customer Payment Assistance Programs, John E. Cromwell, III, Roger D. Colton, Scott J. Rubin, Charles N. Herrick, Jane Mobley, Kelly Reinhardt, and Rea Wilson, Water Research Foundation & EPA, December 31st, 1969. More information on this article can be found here.



Safeguarding Water Affordability, Steve Bartlett, Henry Cisneros, Patrick Decker, George Heartwell, Aldie Warnock, Bipartisan Policy Center, September 1st, 2017. Download a PDF of this article.



An Equitable Water Future for All, US Water Alliance, October 1st, 2016. Download a PDF of this article.



Compendium of Drinking Water and Wastewater Customer Assistance Programs, EPA. More information on this article can be found here.
This compendium of Drinking Water and Wastewater Customer Assistance Programs describes the benefits, implementation, and examples of customer assistance programs (CAPs) throughout the country.



Customer Assistance Programs for Multi-Family Residential and Other Hard-to-Reach Customers, Janet Clements, Robert Raucher, Karen Raucher, Lorine Giangola, Michael Duckworth, Stacey Isaac Berahzer, Jeff Hughes, Scott Rubin, Roger Colton , Water Research Foundation, August 1st, 2017. More information on this article can be found here.
"The objective of this project is to provide water utilities with an array of pragmatic options, evaluation criteria, lessons learned, and guidance for developing customer assistance programs"



The Invisible Crisis: Water Unaffordability in the United States, Patricia A. Jones, Amber Moulton, Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, May 26th, 2016. Download a PDF of this article.



Seattle Public Utilities Low Income Housing Water Conservation Assistance Program Summar, Seattle Public Utilities . Download a PDF of this article.



Rates, Bills, Costs & Consumption: The “Conservation Conundrum”, Ray Hoffman, Seattle Public Utilities, October 21st, 2014. Download a PDF of this article.



Integrated Water Management Resource Center, American Rivers, June 1st, 2016. Read more.