|Action||Amend and Update the Waterworks Operation Fee Regulations|
|Comment Period||Ends 3/2/2022|
Dear Mr. Roadcap,
I write to you on behalf of Virginia Health Catalyst (Catalyst) staff, board, and partners. Catalyst is a statewide advocacy nonprofit committed to ensuring all Virginians have equitable access to safe, trusted, affordable, fluoridated drinking water – and that it’s Virginian’s beverage of choice.
Thank you for the opportunity to provide comment on the Notice of Intended Regulatory Action to consider amending 12VAC5-600, Waterworks Operation Fee. Catalyst supports the prioritization of equity and environmental justice in any amendments to be made.
Communities of color, rural populations, and low-wealth individuals experience more barriers to accessing clean water than privileged communities.
In order for all Virginians to have equitable access to safe, affordable, trusted drinking water, equity must remain a priority and emphasis in all of our work. Catalyst is currently convening a taskforce (Water Equity Taskforce) comprised of water stakeholders from across the commonwealth to develop recommendations to improve equitable access to water, and we are pleased to partner with the Office of Drinking Water staff in this effort. We commend the Office of Drinking Water staff for their hard work to keep Virginia’s water safe, and to appropriately assess the needs of communities by prioritizing a better understanding of equity and environmental injustice.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at email@example.com.
Chief Executive Officer, Virginia Health Catalyst