The City of Cedar Rapids has done a great service to its residents by suspending water shut-offs over unpaid bills in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Hand-washing is critical to mitigating the spread of this virus. However, hand-washing can only be accomplished when people have access to clean water. Long before this crisis, access to water was not a right ensured to all people. This pandemic has made one thing abundantly clear, we need everyone to have access to clean water.
We need the governor’s office to take bold action by issuing a moratorium on water shut-offs and plan for restoration of water service to all households. Food & Water Action estimates that 11 states and more than 400 municipalities have already halted water shut-offs, protecting more than 140 million Americans across the country. Thanks to the quick action by Cedar Rapids my water is now protected, but thousands across the state are not so lucky. So far only five cities across the state have protected residents’ right to clean water. We need to do more. I urge Gov. Kim Reynolds to step up and issue a statewide moratorium on all water shut-offs. All Iowans, no matter what part of the state they come from, should have access to clean water and be able to protect themselves and others during this crisis.