Fair & Affordable Water for Greater Cincinnati
Cincinnati has an outdated public utility system, with over 200 ageing combined sewer overflow points and hundreds of miles of stream that flow through sewers, overwhelming the waste water treatment plants resulting in billions of gallons of sewage overflows each year.
We are required to repair and rebuild our failing sewer system. Yet, sewage continues to overflow while water bills have become a burden on our communities. Over the past 15 years sewage rates have increased, sometimes as high as 12% in one year.
High sewer rates are an affordability issue as many in our region, have sewage rates that exceed 2.5% of their annual income placing a financial burden on low and fixed income individuals and communities.
Access to affordable clean water is a human right. Continued rate increases, without a change in rate structure, could harm a significant amount of individuals and communities. Our city and county need a new, fair and equitable rate structure. Here are some changes we can make:
Together we can change how the City and County charge different customers for water and sewer services to ensure a more fair and equitable billing system. The Hamilton County Commissioners sets the water and sewer rates and have agreed to establish a task force on affordability in 2015.
By joining the Coalition 4 Fair Rates we can improve the public, environmental, and economic health of our communities through Sewer & Water Rate Structures. Together, we can ensure that everyone has access to affordable clean water.
Join the Coalition 4 Fair Rates Today!!
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