To Get Clean Water U.S. Households Are Paying Double What They Did in 2002
The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) has just released its Cost of Clean Water Index, which shows that in 2013 the average cost of wastewater treatment in the U.S. clean increased by 5.5 percent. The information comes from a study, “based on more than 184 NACWA members that serve nearly 110 million people in the U.S.”
The news is not encouraging, as “this is more than double the rate of inflation, nearly double what consumers were paying in 2002, and the 12th consecutive year that water-related charges have gone up.” Furthermore, the price will increase by 5 percent in each of the years leading up to 2018. That means the average U.S. single-family residence will pay more than $500 a year in 2016.
Single-family residences nationwide are currently paying, on average, $435 per year to get clean water. In some places it can be as high $700 or as low as $225. Water is most expensive in New England and the cheapest in Texas and Montana.
While there are many reasons for the rising costs, there seem to be three major ones: population growth, infrastructure repairs and chronic droughts and water shortages.
Read the full article in Contractor Magazine.