Study: Cost of water rising in the United States

Study: Cost of water rising in the United States. File - WWMT

LANSING, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Michigan scientists are warning people about the growing cost of water nationwide.

Newschannel 3's Anna Giles reported on a Michigan State University study that explained why prices are rising.

Access to water is something many of us take for granted, but, according to a study conducted by MSU, water is already unaffordable for one out of every 10 U.S. households. ( )

Scientists blame aging infrastructure, which is expensive to repair, and climate change.

They say water systems are struggling to handle stronger and more frequent storms, which add to the cost of water treatment.

In other cases, drought has decreased the amount of water available to some areas

The nation's highest water costs are in Atlanta and Seattle, where residents pay an average monthly bill of about $325.

The average monthly water bill nationwide is $140.

Almost 37 percent of people in Mississippi are in danger of not being able to afford water, based on income data.

Researchers say rising water costs could force working class families to tighten their budgets by cutting back on eating out or going to the movies, for example.

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