Philadelphia has a new income-based water rate affordability program, thanks to the work of attorneys at Community Legal Services of Philadelphia. They pushed to reform the city’s flawed water-assistance program and succeeded in getting a new program that bases water rates on a percentage of household income for low-income households.
We talked with Robert Ballenger and Thu Tran of Community Legal Services of Philadelphia about their work in Philadelphia and utility advocacy. They answered many great questions from viewers.
For a detailed account of their work, be sure to read Rob and Thu’s advocacy story, “Uncharted Waters: The Emergence of Low-Income Water Affordability in Philadelphia.”
- Robert W. Ballenger, Community Legal Services of Philadelphia, Testimony Before the Philadelphia City Council Finance Committee on Bill No. 140607 (April 9, 2015).
- Roger Colton, Fisher, Sheehan & Colton, Testimony Before the Philadelphia City Council on Water Bill Affordability for the City of Philadelphia (April 9, 2015).
- Francisco J. Rivera Juaristi & Britton Schwartz, The Human Right to Water in the United States: Written Submission Prepared by the International Human Rights Clinic at Santa Clara University School of Law Before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (Sept. 15, 2015).
- Phoebe Sarah Seaton et al., Furthering the Fight to Make Clean Water a Right in California, 45 Clearinghouse Review 187 (Sept.-Oct. 2011).
- U.S. Human Rights Network, #WaterIsAHumanRight: Human Rights to Water and Sanitation (n.d.) (includes link to join National Right to Water Coalition listserv).