The Virginia Judicial System uses a system of fee-based systems that require individuals to pay a fee to cover the cost of their water filters.
That system has led to some people being charged $3 for a filter, according to the Virginian-Pilot.
However, many people aren’t aware that a Virginia Judicial Code provision requires them to pay the full amount of their filter bill, regardless of how much it costs them.
This is called the “systemic racist meaning” of the code, and it has led some to claim that their filter costs should be reimbursed.
According to The Virginian, the system is meant to help provide a safe and sanitary environment for the public.
The state has also created an online tool to help educate the public on the “whys and wherefores” of how the system works.
“If you want to pay more for your water, you should understand the reasons behind that,” a Virginia Attorney General’s Office representative told The Virginians website.
“That’s what this system is for.”
Read more about water filters in The Virginias Lawsuit and The Virginia Judicial Process for more stories on the state’s water filter system.