Water and Electricity are Critical to Protecting Public Health
COVID-19 is sweeping through Texas, which means now is a critical time for all Texans to be practicing good hygiene and staying at home. That becomes nearly impossible for people if their water and electricity are shut off. Many people are out of work because of the COVID-19 crisis and don’t have a safety net to help them pay their bills.
The Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUC) issued an order to stop any of the for-profit electric and water utilities from disconnecting customers during the COVID-19 emergency, but did nothing to protect the many Texas residents who get their water and/or electricity from city-owned utilities and cooperatives. Some of these cities and utilities have voluntarily suspended disconnections, but many haven’t taken this necessary action. The PUC order also did nothing to ensure that customers who have already had their water or electricity cut off will be reconnected.
It’s time for Governor Greg Abbott to issue and executive order to ensure that all Texans have water and electricity during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
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