A report issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services shows that the average American household spends $1,000 per year on water.
And that’s not even including the extra water bills Americans have to pay for the high-pressure systems that keep our cities cool and our farms safe.
But when it comes to paying for water, Americans aren’t doing too well.
The latest numbers show that nearly 2.7 million people in the U, as of last year, are paying water bills that exceed the average amount.
About 3.5 million of those people live in cities.
That’s a total of nearly 17.5 percent of the population, according to a new report from the U-M Center for Water Economics and Policy.
And the majority of those are in urban areas, with nearly half in the cities and metropolitan areas, according the study.
The majority of the water bills in these cities were incurred by households with incomes below the poverty level.
In many cities, the cost of water has been growing.
In Milwaukee, the city’s main water supplier, water bills jumped nearly 10 percent from 2014 to 2017.
And those increases aren’t necessarily just due to the increase in cost.
According to the study, the average water bill in the top 10 percent of households has gone up by more than 10 percent in the past decade.
That means that more and more Americans are paying more.
In some cities, it means more water for homes with more people.
Water is not just a luxury item in most households.
Many Americans pay a lot for water in their daily lives.
About half of U.s. households spent at least $10,000 a year on their water bills, according a 2015 report by the nonprofit Center for Responsible Lending.
Water usage in many of these households also includes sewer, garbage disposal, and water treatment.
In cities, a lot of people have to be paying a lot to have adequate water.
“The trend is increasing, so we need to make sure we’re not just paying for the water we don’t use,” said Matt Stebbins, the co-author of the report and a senior fellow at the Center for Sustainable Economies.
The report says that most of the increases in water bills have come from households that are in the bottom third of income.
That includes people who earn less than $25,000, or those who make less than about $28,000.
“That is where the majority [of the water] is going,” Stebbsins said.
In most cities, people are paying about 40 percent more on water bills than they did just a decade ago.
“This is a trend that we need and we’re seeing in some places, and it’s happening at an alarming rate,” said Stebbosons co-founder and director of the Center.
“We’re seeing a lot more people that are paying a higher proportion of their income on water than in years past,” said Jim McBride, president of the Consumers Energy Alliance, which represents many of the largest utility companies.
“There’s a lot less water for consumers.”
And the cost isn’t just for water.
There’s also the cost for sewer and water companies.
McBride said that, since 2009, utilities have added about $6 billion to their operating costs in order to increase water delivery to the home.
That doesn’t include other bills that are added as well, including utilities’ costs for the installation of meters, water-treatment systems, and other things.
“If you’re a household that is using more than 2.5 gallons per person per day, you’re paying a tremendous amount of money,” he said.
“I don’t think you need a bill for every single water bill you’re doing.
I don’t believe that.
I think you should pay for your water as a regular cost.”
McBride said water bills are a particularly expensive issue for people in rural areas, because it’s not uncommon for people to have water bills of up to $10 a day.
And he said the increased costs have been especially severe in rural communities.
“In a rural area, if you have one water provider, you can’t get a water meter,” McBride explained.
“They don’t have the money.
And there are so many other bills you have to deal with.
We’re seeing more and less people using the water they do have.
So it’s a real problem.”
McBRIDE said that there is a silver lining to the water crisis: there is an economic recovery underway in some areas.
“You see the impact on our communities, and we see that in terms of businesses and people,” he added.
“We see that as a positive thing.”