Bayer’s first bill aims to make clean water access a human right

Legislation would guarantee Michiganders accessible, safe and affordable water

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Rosemary Bayer (D–Beverly Hills) made access to safe, affordable water her first priority in Michigan’s 100th legislative session with the introduction of a bill that would establish water as a basic human right.

Senate Bill 49, the “Human Right to Water Act,” also would require state departments establish affordable water criteria that could be applied throughout Michigan. If adopted, the legislation would safeguard critical water resources used for drinking, cooking and sanitary purposes.

“In the Great Lakes State, every person should have the right to accessible, safe and affordable water no matter their neighborhood or income level,” Sen. Bayer said. “This legislation is one way we can protect the health and safety of all Michigan families, kids and communities.”

SB 49 is a reintroduction of SB 466 of 2017.

The bill was referred to the Senate Environmental Quality Committee.

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