Davis introduces Water Hardship Fund legislation

House Bill 2620 would help residents with overdue water, wastewater bills

Today, state Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, introduced legislation that would assist customers who may be unable to pay on outstanding water or wastewater bills.

House Bill 2620, which Davis hopes will be voted by the full House soon, would create the Pennsylvania Water Hardship Fund. Through this program, customers would be able to donate a minimum of one dollar to a fund that would go directly to fellow customers with delinquent water bills and who need support.

The funds would be collected and administered by the water service and sewer companies with additional support from the Public Utility Commission, Davis said.

“COVID-19 showed us that we’re stronger when we work together,” Davis said. “Families across the state took a major hit when the pandemic occurred in the commonwealth. But residents - time and time again – did their part to help their neighbors make it through one of our state’s darkest times. This bill draws from that mindset, and I believe it could have a positive impact for working class families in Pennsylvania.”

Davis said a similar program, the Dollar Energy Fund, is already established in Allegheny County and aids customers who are behind on their energy bill.