Water Crisis?

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A Burgeoning Crisis? A Nationwide Assessment of the Geography of Water Affordability in the United States

While basic access to clean water is critical, another important issue is the affordability of water access for people around the globe. Prior international work has highlighted that a
large proportion of consumers could not afford water if priced at full cost recovery levels. Given growing concern about affordability issues due to rising water rates, and a comparative lack of work on affordability in the developed world, as compared to the developing world, more work is needed in developed countries to understand the extent of this issue in terms of
the number of households and persons impacted. To address this need, this paper assesses potential affordability issues for households in the United States using the U.S. EPA’s 4.5% affordability criteria for combined water and wastewater services.

To read the full article, please go to: http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article/file?id=10.1371/journal.pone.01...