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Toledo Needs Clean and Affordable Water

By Rev. Donald L. Perryman, Ph.D.
The Truth Contributor

   Rapidly rising rates, in combination with slower income growth and rising income inequality, are making water and sewer costs increasingly expensive—as a share of household income—for many low-, moderate-, and fixed-income [people].

                  -  Larry Levine


Rev. Donald L. Perryman, D.Min.

To:       Toledo City Councilpersons

Re:       Support for Resolution Affirming the city of Toledo’s commitment to equitable access to clean, safe, and affordable water

From:   United Pastors for Social Empowerment

Date:    November 22, 2019

Dear City Councilpersons,


As the City of Toledo moves to increase its retail rates for water services in Toledo and Lucas County, the United Pastors for Social Empowerment (UPSE) draws your attention to the impact of this development on our community’s most vulnerable residents. Access to water is a human right, but sadly many Toledoans face the difficult choice of paying for medicine and groceries or a bill for essential water services. As a monopolistic provider of water, Toledo bears an exigent responsibility to these families.


UPSE writes now to ask that the City of Toledo please pass the Resolution proposed by Councilperson Komives to take certain steps to address water affordability. UPSE respects that the City has recently developed an initial proposal for affordability programs and lead-line replacement, but a great deal remains to be determined in how these programs will function, and what additional steps the City will take to address this issue.


Undoubtedly, the committee the Resolution creates will play an important role in determining these programs and ensuring appropriate consumer protections. Looking ahead, UPSE hopes that programs ensuring affordability and improvements to consumer protections can be codified in Toledo’s Municipal Code.


UPSE also wishes to emphasize its appreciation for the City’s efforts to meet with various community groups, including UPSE and respond to these issues.


To illustrate the importance of equitable access to water services, UPSE provides the following information based on recently obtained data on accounts scheduled for shut-off of water services.


- Over the past six months alone, Toledo scheduled nearly 3,000 accounts for shut-off, though not all of these accounts were ultimately shut off.

- Most of the accounts scheduled for shut-off are clustered in central-city neighborhoods.

- Accounts scheduled for shut-off are often clustered in low-income areas with renter-occupied housing, showing the impact on tenants in central-city neighborhoods.

- Scheduled water shut-offs are also concentrated in minority neighborhoods—census tracts with less than 50 percent white alone and not Hispanic.

- Accounts scheduled for shut-off concentrate in areas that have been historically disinvested. Scheduled shut-offs correspond closely with the 1938 Home Owners Loan Corporation Residential Security “Redlining” Map.




Specifically, UPSE strongly supports SECTION 2 of the resolution:


That the City of Toledo hereby creates a Water Affordability and Consumer Protection Committee, and commits that, through this Committee, it will take the following actions to address water affordability and consumer protections:


  1. Complete a study to provide recommendations targeted to address long-term equitable affordability of water in Toledo retail water system;
  2. Where appropriate, the committee shall make recommendations to the Department of Public Utilities on retail rate setting and consumer programs related to water and wastewater delivery based on research and data collected through an affordability study;
  3. Share data and information about retail water services including shut-offs; 
  4. Review current policies to improve access to water services for tenants and homeowners and protect consumers; 
  5. Develop measurable affordability benchmarks based on data to inform the decision making process for future rate setting and changes to consumer programs; 
  6. Create a community engagement and feedback process to inform and develop affordable water rates and water programs; and
  7. Effectively communicate, to the best of its ability, all information regarding rates and programs to the community. 


UPSE again thanks the Administration for its recent efforts to address affordability and looks forward to continued work and collaboration through the committee formed through Councilperson Nick Komives’s Resolution. We ask that all Councilpersons please vote in favor of the Resolution.


Rev. Donald Perryman, PhD, United Pastors for Social Empowerment


Contact Rev. Donald Perryman, D.Min, at drdlperryman@centerofhopebaptist.org



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Revised: 11/29/19 10:00:50 -0500.



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