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November 20, 2015

Philadelphia City Council passes bill to assist low-income families with water bills

Income-Based Water Rate Assistance Program will create payment plans and debt forgiveness for qualified customers

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Philadelphia City Council passed a bill Thursday to set up a Philadelphia Water Department program to assist the city’s low-income families with maintaining running water, The Philadelphia Tribune reports.

The Income-Based Water Rate Assistance Program, introduced by Councilwoman Maria Quinones-Sanchez, will establish a payment agreement and debt forgiveness program with the Philadelphia Water Department for qualified low-income families based on their unique income and capacity.

Quinones-Sanchez told The Philadelphia Tribute she expects quick enactment of the legislation, and reports Mayor Michael Nutter's office has said he will sign it.

Quinones-Sanchez added there remains more than a years-worth of work for the program to be fully functional. The details will be ironed out under the administration of Mayor-Elect Jim Kenney. 

Read the full Philadelphia Tribune report here.