Water Affordability Across the United States

Paying for basic water services – drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater – is a growing concern for households in the United States. We conducted a nationwide study to quantify how much households are paying for water services and the level of financial burden households experience. Data are from 787 communities and represent half of the U.S. population. This tool allows you to explore how household affordability change based on location, amount of water used, and the financial burden considered reasonable to dedicate to water services.

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The paper explaining this analysis and results can be found at PLOS Water.
Our approach to collecting data and assessing the percent of households with unaffordable water services can be found here.
To learn more about our project visit our Water Affordability website and the Water Affordability Dashboard.

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