Category: Drinking Water

Chicago’s Water-For-All Ordinance: What it could mean for the future of Chicago

Posted on September 10, 2021 by

by Amy Heldman With Chicago located right on Lake Michigan’s border, it comes as a shock to many that although we have this tremendous body of water in our backyard, many do not have access to running water.  Skyrocketing water prices in Chicago have left many without access to the very thing that we need […]

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Water Filtration Stations Installed at Benton Harbor High School

Posted on September 7, 2021 by

During the late summer months, Freshwater Future has been busy working with the Benton Harbor Community Water Council and Nalgene Water Fund to secure filtered water refill stations for all schools in Benton Harbor, MI where municipal water supplies have experienced elevated lead levels since 2018. “There is nothing more important than having clean water […]

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Take Action – Call your Congressional Members today and urge them to pass the Maintaining Access to Essential Services Act

Posted on August 9, 2021 by

On August 6, 2021, Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D- Detroit) introduced the House version of Maintaining Access to Essential Services, which would eliminate water, electric, and internet household debt. The bill, if enacted into law, would provide $13.5 billion for private and public water utilities in the form of low-interest loans that can become grant dollars […]

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U.S.EPA Seeks Public Comments for Lead and Copper Rule Revisions

Posted on July 15, 2021 by

In June, the Biden administration delayed the implementation of the Trump Administration’s federal lead and copper rule (LCR) until December 2021 to seek additional public comments and potentially revise the Trump Administration’s LCR. Along with the delay, the U.S. EPA launched a public commenting period, holding roundtable discussions in 10 locations across the U.S. They are also […]

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Toledo Water Council Makes Progress on Water Affordability

Posted on June 25, 2021 by

By Alexis Smith, Freshwater Future Staff Member and Junction Community Resident In 2018, the City of Toledo pushed through a plan to regionalize governance of the Toledo water utility that sells water to suburbs at wholesale prices and substantially increases water rates for residents living in the City. Toledo rates are expected to increase by […]

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Freshwater Weekly: May 28, 2021

Posted on May 28, 2021 by

May 28, 2021 THIS WEEK: Board Spotlight – Melanie Welch + Freshwater Future Spearheads Billion Dollar Ask to Ohio Legislature and Governor + Maryland Takes Positive Step with ‘Safe School Drinking Water Act’ + Studies Find PFAS in Breast Milk + COVID-19 Pandemic Shines a Light on Need for Safe, Clean, and Affordable Water Board Spotlight […]

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Board Spotlight – Stephanie Smith

Posted on February 2, 2021 by

What Doesn’t Happen at Scientific Meetings (But Should) Stephanie Smith, Freshwater Future’s Board Chair, talks about her recent collaborative work with scientists and groups in the African Great Lakes region. (Photo: Stephanie pictured with her family at Murchison Falls in Uganda.) I looked out at the expanse of 90+ scientists from 17 different countries, most […]

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Freshwater Future Applauds Congresswomen Tlaib & Dingell’s Reintroduction of Emergency Water is a Human Right

Posted on January 28, 2021 by

For Immediate Release January 28, 2021 Contact: Jill Ryan, Executive Director (231) 348-8200 Jill@freshwaterfuture.org Petoskey, MI – Today Representatives Rashida Tlaib and Debbie Dingell re-introduced the Emergency Water is a Human Right bill. The legislation prohibits any public utility receiving federal funds authorized under the act from turning off energy and water services to Americans […]

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