May 1, 2021
The Water Foresight Podcast returns with guest Maria DeChellis, addressing the water customer of the future and the ethic of affordability. Billions are needed for water infrastructure. Who pays? How should they pay?
March 26, 2021
Researchers say half a million infections might have been stopped if more states had suspended disconnections during pandemic
March 12, 2021
This is what keeps AccessH2O up at night - It's not just the moratorium - it's what the lack of communication between federal - state - and local government and the utilities that serve the customers is doing to financially at-risk customers. We are seeing one-sided policies that are not being done with financial forecasting, money being allocated to for 'affordability' but without discussion with the utilities on effective ways the money could be deployed in their areas to people who need it - and as a result - it is more talking, more money being sent without a plan, and forecasting that is more like afterthought.
March 10, 2021
AccessH2O discusses the important topic of customer service with the American Water Works Association. For financially vulnerable customers, customer service is often the voice they hear when trying to make critical decisions about what bills to pay, what options exist, and how to keep the water running and keep the lights on. Investment, therefore, into this critical skill and labor force, is important and not to be underestimated.
November 24, 2020
When asked how many people in the City were living without water, one Detroit Public Works Executive said, 'We don't track that information'. The City of Chicago used water bill surcharges to save a Municipal Employee Pension Fund and then after announcing that water shut-offs would be suspended, experienced a nearly 25% drop in collections with no good path to recover that loss in site.
October 15, 2020
Residential water debt ranged from $341 million in Chicago to only $568,427 in San Francisco. The median residential debt for the eight cities that reported that figure ranged from $79.27 in Denver, to $216.58 in Seattle, to $415.13 in Detroit, to $662.80 in Philadelphia.
— Maria DeChellis, AccessH2O
— Bob Cooke and Maria DeChellis