How to get an unlimited water account at Baptist Church
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – For millions of Americans, the most basic water service can’t be found on their bank account.
That’s the predicament facing millions of Texans who are forced to pay extra for water because they don’t have a bank account, or who don’t even have a credit card, a Reuters investigation has found.
The situation is particularly acute in rural areas, where the majority of the country’s 1.3 billion people live.
Many people in rural Texas, such as in Fort Worth, are left with limited or no access to clean, potable water.
In rural areas like this one in rural Fort Worth county, a family of three living in a trailer park can’t use their ATM or pay for gas.
“We’re not allowed to do that,” said John Lee, the manager of a dry cleaning business in the community.
I can’t do that, he said.
I’m a farmer.
When he’s out of the house, he’s unable to get a job or pay the bills because he has no bank account and no access.
He doesn’t know where he can go for help.
With so many people living in poverty, many people don’t know what to do.
They don’t want to get in trouble for going to a bank, for not paying their bills, or for not being able to pay a bill,” said one man who asked not to be named.
If you’re a poor person and can’t get the basics like water, food, or gas, you may be at risk of poverty, a report by the Texas Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now found.
It said there are at least 16 million people in the state who do not have access to adequate, safe, and affordable water, with a quarter of the population living in extreme poverty.
To help address this problem, the state’s water agency launched a pilot program last year that allowed people to open accounts with a $1 monthly fee and pay for their own water.
But the state has since stopped that program, saying it doesn’t have enough funds to continue it.
It also stopped offering water vouchers, which provide free water at certain times of the day.
And the agency has cut back on water distribution, allowing farmers to sell their water for a small fee, the Associated Press reported.
Some communities are also struggling to find people who can take care of their water needs.
For the residents of this community, it’s been tough.
One family is using bottled water and their own household stove to keep the taps running, and they have a backup generator.
But they can’t pay for it because they have no credit card.
A woman with a baby in the car said she can’t afford to have a generator or pay a water bill.
We need to get water, she said.
So we don’t use the tap, she added.
She said they live on a farm in a remote area and don’t pay a lot of attention to the water.
So when she runs out of water, they just take her water.
And they can save money.
There are still no federal or state funds available to help the rural communities that lack access to potable and safe water, according to the AP report.
(Reporting by John Bacon; Editing by Sandra Maler and Leslie Adler)