October 23, 2020

Over 179 Million Americans Are At Risk Of Electricity And Water Shutoffs This Winter

As ‘disconnection bans’ expire, millions of Americans are expected to have their power and water shut off due to unpaid bills during the pandemic.

As winter approaches, millions of Americans have no idea how they are going to keep the utilities on.

Many people in America, and around the world, are still suffering the economic consequences of this pandemic – unemployment, significant drop in revenue for some small business owners, liquidation of assets, etc.

With little to no expectation of assistance from the United States government, many Americans are bracing themselves for a cold ending to an already disastrous 2020.

The Washington Post reports, “The worst economic crisis in more than a generation has thrust potentially millions of Americans across the country into a similar, sudden peril: Cash-strapped, and in some cases still unemployed, they have fallen far behind on their electricity, water and gas bills, staring down the prospect of potential utility shut-offs and fast-growing debts they may never be able to repay.”

The article goes on to say, “At the start of the coronavirus pandemic, many states acted quickly to ensure their residents would not lose their power or other utilities if their jobs or wages were slashed. Now, however, only 21 states and the District of Columbia still have such disconnection bans in place. That leaves roughly 179 million Americans at risk of losing service even as the economy continues sputtering, according to the National Energy Assistance Directors’ Association, which is tracking the moratoria. Millions more in nine other states are set to lose their protections starting Thursday and throughout the fall, the group found.”

Unless another nationwide ‘disconnection ban’ is issued, or another stimulus package (larger than the first) is dispersed immediately, it will be ‘lights out’ for most Americans.