Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, the Kentucky House of Representatives passed House Resolution 108 calling on Gov. Matt Bevin to proclaim a state of emergency in Martin County, Kentucky over in response to the area’s water crisis. Food & Water Watch and local advocates have previously called on the Governor to do the same.
In response, Food & Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter released the following statement:
“The people of Martin County have suffered far too long without clean water. This resolution shows Kentucky’s House representatives are united in calling on Gov. Bevin to act. It’s time for the rest of Kentucky’s leaders to act as well.
“It’s way past time that the Governor mobilized resources to resolve this long-standing crisis. Recent rate increases and privatization aren’t going to solve the problem. Dedicated public funding for water infrastructure needs to be deployed to Martin County and the countless other communities dealing with other water crises. Congress recently introduced the WATER Act, which would provide the much-needed funding our water systems deserve. It’s time for all of Kentucky’s leaders and representatives, at the state and federal level, to prioritize public water over ongoing disaster. We applaud Rep. John Yarmuth for co-sponsoring this legislation that would provide the needed resources to modernize and upgrade all of our water systems. All of Kentucky’s representatives in Congress should follow suit.”
Food & Water Watch champions healthy food and clean water for all. We stand up to corporations that put profits before people, and advocate for a democracy that improves people’s lives and protects our environment.
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