Davis leads 30 House Democrats urging Wolf to issue moratorium on water, wastewater services provided by municipalities

HARRISBURG, Aug. 17 – On Monday, state Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, and 30 House Democrats sent a joint letter asking Gov. Tom Wolf to issue a moratorium on terminating water and wastewater service provided by municipal systems.

If issued, the moratorium would cover over 2,000 municipal water and wastewater systems in Pennsylvania that did not fall under the Public Utility Commission’s emergency order that followed Wolf’s March 6 Proclamation of Disaster Emergency for COVID-19.

“To date, municipal water and wastewater systems in our state are not under the jurisdiction of the Public Utility Commission and are not prohibited from terminating service during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Davis said. “Clean water is the first line of defense in combatting COVID-19, but many of our residents are at risk of losing this necessity.

“The financial hardships many residents faced in recent months is likely to continue, so access to water and wastewater services is essential in ensuring the overall health of our residents, especially given the severity of the current public health emergency. It’s because of this that we’re asking Governor Wolf to make it a priority to ensuring all residents continue to have access to these utilities.”

Click here to view a copy of the letter sent to Wolf.