Texas Nonprofits Call On Public Utilities Commission to Halt Utility Shutoffs During COVID-19 Crisis

AUSTIN, TX, March, 20 2020 — Texas Legal Services Center (TLSC), Legal Aid of Northwest Texas, Lone Star Legal Aid, People's Community Clinic, Texas Health Action, Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid (TRLA) and Disability Rights Texas (DRTx) submitted a joint petition to the Public Utility Commission of Texas requesting that there be no utility shutoffs for nonpayment during the COVID-19 crisis. 


The Public Utility Commission of Texas regulates the state's electric, telecommunication, and water and sewer utilities.


"Shutting off utilities is a public health concern," says Karen Miller, Executive Director at Texas Legal Services Center. "It would mean that people can't wash their hands, bathe, or cook with clean water." Additionally, not having utilities would deter people from staying home—particularly endangering vulnerable populations like the elderly and those with compromised immune systems. 


The petition would relieve all Texans of having to make impossible choices between power, water, or food during this time when their health and financial security is in jeopardy. 


This petition was filed with the Public Utility Commission of Texas at 11:52 AM CDT on March 20, 2020.


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Meghan Lee, Communications


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