If water rates continue rising at projected amounts, the number of U.S. households unable to afford water could triple in five years, to nearly 36 percent, finds new research by a Michigan State University scholar.
Elizabeth Mack said a variety of factors, ranging from aging infrastructure to climate change to population decline in urban areas, are making residents’ ability to afford water and wastewater services a burgeoning crisis.
MSU notes that her study, funded by the National Science Foundation and published online in the journal PLOS ONE, is one of the first nationwide investigations of water affordability.
Water = Life
What will happen is people who cannot afford it will start drinking more and more contaminated water and having more and more medical problems and deaths. This isn’t rocket science.