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Unpaid bills spiking at some water utilities

 •  by Lois Henry
Numerous small drinking water systems in California are failing. A state funding source to fix those systems is in jeopardy because of COVID-19. CREDIT: Lois Henry

Several state legislators have asked the Governor to extend his order prohibiting water shutoffs for nonpayment to even the smallest water utilities.

Right now, the Governor’s April 2 order applies to water utilities serving 200 or more connections.

If Gov. Newsom expands his order, it could have a huge impact in the San Joaquin Valley, which has hundreds of extremely small water systems, serving countless families, many in disadvantaged communities.

It’s still unclear what effect the Governor’s order has had on water utilities, as reported by SJV Water earlier this month. Or whether many customers are still being shut off.

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