Low-income households in Michigan are struggling to pay water bills
LANSING, Mich. — Low-income households in Michigan are struggling to pay their water bills and are worried about shutoffs. According to a new study, water prices have been rising while wages have not.
A recent study from the University of Michigan Water Center, in partnership with Michigan State University Extension and Safe Water Engineering, addresses the affordability of water for Michigan households and recommends solutions.
“Without water, then you lack hygiene and the ability to care for your family,” said Jennifer Read, the director of the University of Michigan Water Center.
In Lansing, low-income households spend at least 25 percent of their disposable income on water and sewer bills. Disposable income is the amount of money that remains after paying essential bills, such as rent and food.