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Is It Fair To Cut Off Water For Renters?

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Baltimore has started cutting off water service to some of the 23,000 customers who are seriously behind in their water bills and reports that some of those delinquent customers have started paying.  But protesters contend the cut-off pressure falls too heavily on people without money and on renters who don’t control whether their building’s bill gets paid.

We want to understand the facts and equities at issue. With me to talk about it is Matt Hill, staff attorney at the nonprofit Public Justice Center here in Baltimore.  And Jeff Raymond is here. He’s Chief of Communications and Community Affairs for the Department of Public Works. Welcome.

For help paying your bills call: 410-396-5398. Another possibility for those seeking help, is the Baltimore Water Project.  The site links people who need help with people who want to give it.

Spanish speakers can get help with navigating city services at the Baltimore City Hispanic Commission website.

Sheilah Kast is the host of On The Record, Monday-Friday, 9:30-10:00 am.