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File #: 21-0084R    Version: 0 Name: Informational Hearing - Implementation of the “Water4All” Program and the Water Accountability and Equity Act
Type: City Council Resolution Status: In Committee
File created: 12/6/2021 In control: Rules and Legislative Oversight
On agenda: Final action:
Enactment #:
Title: Informational Hearing - Implementation of the “Water4All” Program and the Water Accountability and Equity Act For the purpose of requesting representatives from the Department of Public Works, the Department of Finance, and the Office of the Baltimore City Administrator to inform the Baltimore City Council on the implementation of the Water-for-All Discount Program and the Water Accountability and Equity Act.
Sponsors: Odette Ramos, John T. Bullock, Phylicia Porter, Sharon Green Middleton, Zeke Cohen, James Torrence, Antonio Glover, Kristerfer Burnett
Indexes: Equity, Informational Hearing, Program, Water
Attachments: 1. 21-0084R~1st Reader, 2. Law 21-0084R, 3. DPW_21-0084R, 4. Finance 21-0084R
* Warning: This is an unofficial, introductory copy of the bill.
The official copy considered by the City Council is the first reader copy.
Introductory*

City of Baltimore
Council Bill R
(Resolution)

Introduced by: Councilmember Ramos



A Resolution Entitled

A Council Resolution concerning
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Informational Hearing - Implementation of the “Water4All” Program and the Water Accountability and Equity Act
For the purpose of requesting representatives from the Department of Public Works, the Department of Finance, and the Office of the Baltimore City Administrator to inform the Baltimore City Council on the implementation of the Water-for-All Discount Program and the Water Accountability and Equity Act.
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Knowing that water is a human right, the City Council passed Council Bill 18-0307 the Water Accountability and Equity Act (the “WAEA”) which was enacted on January 13, 2020, with a modification bill 20-0626 enacted on December 7, 2020.

Established under the WAEA, the Water-for-All Discount Program (the “Water4All Program”) was intended replace the BH2O water assistance program - for the purpose of increasing the affordability of basic water and wastewater service to those customers who need it most, and include renters who have traditionally not been eligible for water discounts. The Water4All Program was to be implemented by the Department of Public Works (“DPW”) on July 1, 2021. As of the introduction of this resolution, the Water4All Program is still not implemented. In addition, residents who previously received water discounts under the BH20 program now go without any assistance because DPW stopped the BH2O pro...

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