As much as 11% of households currently struggle to pay their water bills according to study authors.
Within the next five years, conservative estimates put that number at 35%.
Elizabeth Mack is the study’s lead author. She said particularly in urban areas, water bills will rise to cover infrastructure costs.
“A lot of people say ‘who should be taking care of this?’ and I just want to highlight that it should be a collaborative effort between households, utilities, and government to come up with the best solutions to this issue. There is no one strategy for dealing with this.”
Mack said it’s important that we find a way to cover the cost of infrastructure upgrades without pricing out the poorest households.