Seattle, WA–August 31, 2020–The last time we had to go to the water supply was on January 31, 2018, when Seattle and other cities were forced to cut water supplies in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.
Now, Seattle is at the mercy of a federal government that is shutting down the entire city’s water supply and forcing everyone to pay for the water they use.
Water prices are soaring, and the lack of a reliable source of water has made it even harder to pay bills.
So, if you can’t afford to pay your water bills, how do you avoid them?
For the past year, I have been struggling to keep my head above water.
The city of Seattle has made the difficult decision to shut down the water supplies to residents of the city of 8 million people.
“I have been trying to figure out how to keep myself afloat financially by taking on small loans, making a little bit of money, and then taking it all in,” says Alex.
As of last week, Alex has been paying $1,200 a month in interest on his water bill.
But it is not an easy choice to live with.
Alex has a mortgage on his house.
He works full time to pay off his water debt.
At first, Alex thought he could make the most of the new government aid and be able to afford to use the city’s free water for his needs.
But it’s not enough.
After the city cut off water service to people living near the border with Mexico, he and his family were forced out of their home and forced to find somewhere to stay.
It is a place they do not trust.
If they do go back, they’ll be homeless.
On Thursday, Alex had to make the difficult choice of turning off his tap.
He has been without water for almost two weeks, and he is not sure if he can afford to stay in his apartment for the duration of the shutdown.
Even with the relief that comes with being able to drink tap water, the water crisis in Seattle is not going to end anytime soon.
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