Clean Water Action Applauds Governor Whitmer’s Decisive Action on Water Shutoffs and Affordability

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

The following statement can be attributed to Mary Brady-Enerson, Michigan Director, Clean Water Action:

“Governor Whitmer has continued to show strong leadership in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Her order today extending the water reconnection order at least through the end of the year is absolutely necessary to ensure that Michigan residents have access to safe, clean, affordable water for drinking and hygiene. Michigan’s water affordability problems did not begin with this pandemic, and they won’t end without further action to prohibit the practice of shutting off water for nonpayment.

We agree with Governor Whitmer that swift passage of the HEROES Act is needed. The HEROES Act would provide $1.5 billion in financial assistance to low income and other adversely affected consumers to assist with payments for drinking water and wastewater expenses. Mitch McConnell needs to stop playing political games and bring this to the floor of the US Senate without further delay.”


Since our founding during the campaign to pass the landmark Clean Water Act in 1972, Clean Water Action has worked to win strong health and environmental protections by bringing issue expertise, solution-oriented thinking and people power to the table. Clean Water Action is Michigan’s largest grassroots conservation group with over 133,000 members across the state. Through direct advocacy and education we organize Michigan residents to protect the Great Lakes and our water resources. Learn more at


Sean McBrearty