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Council President Brandon Scott outlines next steps of Water Accountability and Equity Act

Posted at 7:26 PM, Apr 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-30 19:26:16-04

BALTIMORE — Baltimore City Council President Brandon Scott outlined the next steps following Thursday’s hearing on the implementation of the Water Accountability and Equity Act, which is required by law to be fully implemented by July 13, 2020.

The act was signed into law by Mayor Jack Young in January after it unanimously passed the month prior.

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Department of Public Works Acting Director Matthew Garbark said on Thursday that the administration is not expecting to be able to fully implement the program by July 13.

“We understand that COVID-19 has impacted our work as a city government, and I appreciate the administration’s honesty and efforts in continuing to prioritize the implementation of the Water Accountability and Equity Act,” said Scott. “But it is my full expectation that this legislation is implemented on time. Getting water bill relief to our residents is more important than ever.”

“It’s incumbent upon our government that we get the small things right for our residents. That includes water bills that are correct and fair,” Scott continued. “The City Council looks forward to the responses from the Department of Public Works on Monday, and will ensure that the Water for All Affordability Program is fully implemented so that residents can access this relief now.”