Access to Clean Water is Getting More Expensive Across the Nation

"Water Drop" by Smitha Murthy licensed under CC BY 2.0
Water Drop” by Smitha Murthy licensed under CC BY 2.0

Source: Grist

The price of access to clean drinking water is increasing all across the nation, according to a new report by the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, that analyzed national data.

Over the past five years, prices have increased by approximately 4%. According to experts, water prices should cost no more than 3% of a family’s income, but data indicates that in some states, families are paying up to 8% of their income for something that ‘should be considered a human right.’ Unfortunately, poor and low-income families are affected that most as their access to water becomes more limited and less feasible.

Pollution, growing populations, the drought, flooding as a result of climate change, are among the factors driving up the price of clean water. Increased pollution creates a need to treat more drinking water; climate change causes heavy rainfall, flooding and overflow of sewage, in turn increasing contamination of water; climate change increases salinity of water and challenges its quality; droughts cause in-access to water and require further travel for water to reach its consumers.

While some experts believe the report is overestimating the burden of increasing water prices on low-income homes, most all agree that major changes are necessary on the legislative level to help poor communities have better access to water.

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