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Water Affordability

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Elevate works with municipalities and water utilities to research water affordability challenges. We’re working to identify where and how water burden may be impacting residents and exploring strategies for tackling water affordability in those communities.

Water affordability is a nuanced issue – water service costs in northeastern Illinois are rising, while working class wages stay the same. From 2010 to 2019, the price of water service increased by over 57% in 30 major U.S. cities.

Water Affordability Dashboard Tool

Our research with the Metropolitan Planning Council and Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant examines the extent of water burden in Illinois. We created an online, interactive tool to show a high-level view of water burden in northeastern Illinois communities.

Find out the water burden in your community through our interactive tool and read the full study supporting the tool (PDF).

Open the Water Affordability Dashboard Tool

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Interested in working with us on an affordability study in your community? Contact us by filling out the form below.

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